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E6 and X7 are now shipping
As announced by Nokia Conversations, the first Nokia phones featuring Symbian Anna, the Nokia E6 and Nokia X7, are now shipping. The X7 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, China, India and other Asia/Pacific countries, while the E6 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, as well as the Middle East and Africa.

Symbian Anna:

* Faster and better web experience with an all new browser.
* The long-awaited portrait QWERTY plus split screen text input.
* All new Ovi Maps with public transport routes and other enhancements.

Nokia E6:

* QWERTY and touch experience offers faster navigation and operation than either a pure touch or keyboard-only system.
* Direct access to Microsoft business solutions (Mail for Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint).
* An 8-megapixel full focus camera with dual-LED flash 720p video recording and 8GB of internal memory.

Nokia X7:

* Huge 4" inch screen with preloaded games for entertainment enthusiasts.
* 8-megapixel full focus camera with 720p video recording, dual-LED flash and 8GB memory card preinstalled.
* Beautiful, unique design. Toughened glass and seamless stainless steel.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 13:31 in category
Qt Blog: fill the Qt SDK survey and win an unannounced Qt device
The Qt Blog has lauched a Qt SDK user feedback survey. If you have used the most recent Qt SDK 1.1 or any other version, they want to know your opinion. In exchange you will get 250 Qt Developer Network points and five lucky developers who respond to the survey will also win a new (not yet announced) Nokia Qt developer device that "is NOT an N900 or a Symbian device", so it must be the N9...
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 00:05 in category
CNN and Nokia announce plans for international partnership
CNN and Nokia today announced a multi-level international collaboration where Nokia becomes a key part of CNN's roster of mapping providers, delivering its rich mapping services to the international news network. The collaboration harnesses the companies' strengths in global newsgathering, user-generated content, mapping technologies, and location-based services. The collaboration also includes a new CNN News app for Symbian.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 00:21 in category
Elop: Symbian investments and software updates until at least 2016
The Chinese Nokia Conversations blog has published an interview with Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop who said that "investments in Symbian absolutely continue", "software updates for Symbian devices are expected until at least 2016", and that "a long history is still to be paved for Symbian in the future". The article is in Chinese, but just scroll to the video with the actual interview, located below the article, and listen to Stephen Elop talking about Nokia's new strategy and Symbian's future.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 23:38 in category
Nokia Oro announced: gold, leather and sapphire
In selected markets, Nokia is launching a new smartphone today – the Nokia Oro. It's a premium brand product that incorporates 18-carat gold plating, a sapphire crystal and leather from one of Scotland's finest Caledonian herds.

It is Symbian-based, with the latest Symbian Anna update. There's pentaband radio connectivity, HSDPA 3G and WiFi. There's a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording and all the rest. Functionally, it's not so different from other recent smartphones from Nokia like e.g. the C7 or X7, but that's quite a rarity in the "premium phone" business. Normally, you'd have to choose between something that looked posh or offered the latest specs: Nokia Oro offers both.

The Nokia Oro is a device that's clearly intended for someone who doesn't want their mobile device to look the same as other people's. The main markets for this sort of device are the Middle East and Russia, where they have been best-sellers for some time.

Materials Designer Robert Lihou said: "Our aim was to use the best materials for the purpose. It's coated with 18-carat gold which has been made scratch-resistant. The leather is from premium Scottish stock. That's a real sapphire crystal in the home key, which makes it eight times sturdier than glass."

Nokia Oro will start selling in selected countries across the Europe, Eastern Europe, China and the Middle East in Q3 2011. Before local taxes and operator subsidies (neither of which you're likely to be too concerned about if you're a customer for this device), it will cost upwards of EUR 800.

Key features:

* Crafted from 18 carat gold
* Hand wrapped in finest quality leather
* Home key made of sapphire crystal five times as strong as glass
* 3.5" AMOLED screen toughtened glass display, nHD (640x360)
* Special edition of Nokia J Bluetooth headset with 18 carat gold plating
* 8 MPix camera with dual LED flash
* HD 720p video recording
* WLAN 820.11 b/g/n
* HSDPA up to 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA up to 2.0 Mbps
* Bluetooth 3.0
* MicroUSB connector and charging
* USB On-The-Go
* 3.5 mm Nokia AV Connector
* Accelerometer, Compass, NFC
* WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
* GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
* Symbian Anna
* 8 GB built-in Flash memory
* MicroSD card support up to 32 GB
* Internal memory (disk C) 350 MB
* 117.3 x 57.5 x 12.2 mm
* 132 g
* Colors: Nokia Oro Light, Nokia Oro Dark

Learn more: Nokia Conversations, 'A Closer Look At Oro' video, Nokia Press, Picture Gallery, Documentation.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:19 in category
Qt SDK Update bringing Qt Creator 2.2 released
Nokia has released an update to Qt SDK 1.1 bringing Qt Creator 2.2. The documentation and the remote compiler plugin have also been updated to work with the new Qt Creator, while the SDK Maintenance tool also had some bugs fixed. For an overview of the content and the features of the Qt SDK, please have a look at the 1.1 release post. Using the included Updater, you can get all the new goodies without having to reinstall – should you have held out until now, Forum Nokia also offers the updated installers on their Qt SDK website.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:18 in category
Qt 4.8 technology preview released
Nokia has released a technology preview of Qt 4.8. Qt 4.8 will be a release containing a lot of quality and performance improvements that were carried out during the last 12 months, such as file system performance improvements. It also includes the Qt Platform Abstraction (Lighthouse) feature, which enables easier porting of Qt into new graphics systems for third parties. Today's Technology Preview is released to get your feedback, comments and improvement ideas. The Qt 4.8 Tech Preview packages available today have been tested with Windows 7, Mac OS 10.6, Linux and Symbian^3. Targets for Qt 4.8 will be announced in due course.

Qt 4.8 beta is scheduled for release in the next few weeks and the final release candidate in the second half of 2011. These will be available through the SDK only. The Qt 4.8 Tech Preview is available now here and here.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:18 in category
New Ovi Store client v2.8 supports update notifications
Ovi Store has announced a new version 2.8 of the Ovi Store client which features application update notifications. Users of S^3 devices will be able to review and apply updates to apps they've downloaded for Store. Ovi Publish is also enabling the following features: extraction of version numbers automatically and exporting to the clients.

After updating to Store 2.8, when the user launches the Store client and signs in, the client automatically checks if any of their downloaded apps have an update available. If there are updates, the user will see a green flag in the corner of your screen by your "Account" tab. Touching the flag will take the user to his account page where he can choose to update "All" or select individual apps.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:08 in category
QML Sudokumaster for Symbian ^1 and ^3
Sudokumaster is a Sudoku mobile game developed with Qt Quick. The game is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle with nine 3x3 grids each containing all the digits from 1 to 9. In the beginning only some of the numbers are placed in the grids and the player needs to figure out the correct positions for the missing numbers. Freeware, QML coding example from Forum Nokia.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 02:18 in category
New Gartner report for Q1 2011
Symbian sales (compared to Q1 2010) up from 24 to 27,5 million units but down from 44,2 to 27,4% in terms of marketshare (and that's simply because others now sell much more), Microsoft down from 6,3% to 3,6% (that's both Windows Phone and Windows Mobile) with Windows Phone sales alone as poor as 1,6 million (i.e. some 1,6% marketshare), only iOS and Android growing, the latter from 9,6% to over 36% (from 5,2 to 36,2 million units). Check out all the details @ Gartner.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:07 in category
MeeGo smartphones from Intel 'early next year', Nokia blamed for the delay
Intel's CEO Paul Otellini has just disclosed that Medfield based smartphones are on their way and the first models will come 'in the first part of 2012'. For the delay, Otellini blamed Nokia whom he called "a wrong partner to have picked". Fortunately, according to Otellini that time will not be wasted completely, as Intel now uses the project they developed together with Nokia as a reference design for their own MeeGo smartphone.

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 06:33 in category
New Version Ovi Maps 3.07 for Symbian^3 in Beta Labs
There’s a new version of Ovi Maps 3.07 for Symbian^3 phones in Beta Labs ready to download. This version addresses the issues some of you were having with installation, rebooting and widgets doing funky things, and is compatible with the N8, E7, C7, C6-01, E6, X7.

This new version can be downloaded from Nokia Beta Labs.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:32 in category
(Final) Qt SDK 1.1 released
Nokia today announced the release of Qt SDK 1.1 offering one integrated development environment for creating both consumer applications on Nokia's Symbian platform as well as for desktop applications such as Windows 7, Mac OSX and Linux. Using the Qt SDK to build their apps, developers have a complete, easy-to-use tool cutting app creation time in half for Nokia touch-screen devices.

Within the release of Qt SDK 1.1, is Qt Quick, a new UI creation kit that benefits both graphic designers and application developers. Designers can create fluid, animated user interfaces with complete project and code editing support for developers to then implement into the overall application. This speeds up the development process further bringing applications to market quicker.

Qt Quick also includes QML, a CSS & JavaScript-like language, that makes UI development for touch screens much easier to implement. In addition to Qt Quick, the Qt SDK 1.1 includes map and navigation features, imaging features for camera and photo gallery access, notification API plug-ins and other enhancements that enable developers to provide access to user content on the device.

With today's release of the Qt SDK 1.1 developers can now target more than 100 million Nokia devices (75 million of which are touch devices) in addition to the 150 million future Symbian smartphones Nokia intends to sell such as the newly announced Nokia E6, Nokia X7 and the Nokia Astound at T-Mobile. It is also possible for Qt app developers to re-use code to speed up the creation of apps on Maemo and the future MeeGo device Nokia will ship this year.

This release makes it possible to publish Qt 4.7 based software (including Qt Quick) made using the SDK to be published to the Ovi Store. The SDK includes Qt 4.7.3 and Qt Mobility 1.1.3.

Developers can download the Qt SDK 1.1 starting today at or
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:37 in category
Symbian ^3 SDK v1.0 released
Forum Nokia has released today version 1.0 of Symbian ^3 SDK. It allows creating applications for the Symbian ^3 platform in C++, Java and Web Runtime (WRT). This final version provides:
  • VGA resolution screen support, to enable software development for the Nokia E6.

  • Support for Qt 4.7 and Qt Mobility 1.1 APIs.

  • Updated Browser, now at v7.3.1.1.

  • The Three Plane Comms architecture, offering improved data flow performance.

  • Stub implementation of Mobile Broadcast Service API for Handheld Terminals 1.0 (JSR-272).

  • Several additional Symbian APIs for features such as OpenWF support, SQLite 3, XML parsing, and others.

  • Support for Korean and Chinese languages in the SDK.

The SDK can be downloaded from Forum Nokia.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 13:14 in category

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