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Mon, 20.10.08

Samsung I7110
Samsung has just announced the Samsung I7110. It will be showcased for the first time at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London (Oct 21-22). Samsung I7110, a slim and sleek bar type smartphone with only 12.9 mm thickness, comes fully-packed with high performance functionality.

Based on Symbian OS 9.3 (S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2), the I7110 is optimized for convergence with performance and feature enhancements. Users can choose from thousands of applications from the S60 applications library and have access to their favorites by using dedicated hot keys.

The I7110 offers a 2.6" AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen, to deliver outstanding experiences in navigation, multimedia, and connectivity. It boasts geo-tagging and navigation capabilities in pedestrian and driving modes. The AMOLED screen makes it a perfect pedestrian navigator as it provides sharp images even under intense sunlight. Currently, the pedestrian navigator is available in 10 cities in Western Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, and Rome. In addition, the FM transmitter enables drivers to receive the voice navigation guide via car speakers.

Samsung I7110 is a great multimedia companion. Users will be able to enjoy high resolution photos with its 5 megapixel camera featuring auto focus and LED flash. It also comes with the latest digital camera features including 'smile shot' and 'blink shot' functions. The I7110 offers advanced video recording and play features. It supports multi-codec formats including DivX, thereby saving users from the issues associated with converting video files. It also features 50MB of internal memory and a SDHC-supported micro SD slot, allowing users to store various digital contents up to 16GB. The 1200 mAh battery can facilitate up to 11 hours of talk time and extended multimedia experience.

To offer seamless connectivity for multimedia experience, the I7110 comes equipped with HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. The phone also offers an 8-way optical mouse to maximize the easiness of mobile browsing.

The Samsung I7110 will be available in Russia from November 2008 and will soon be introduced in other markets.

More information: Full press release, Product page, Technical specifications.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 15:00 in category

Sat, 18.10.08

[Upd] Remote Professional now supports touch-enabled S60 5th Edition
Remote Professional by lets you operate your S60 phone from your Windows computer. You can access and control all applications on your phone by using your PC's keyboard while watching the screen of your phone in a virtual window in real time. Remote Professional supports skins for different mobile phone models, offers a customizable (HTML) fullscreen mode and allows you to record AVI movies.

The new version 2.93 brings support for S60 5th Edition phones. You can control the touch screen of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic using your PC mouse. Further improvements are better USB support, allowing you to connect from the PC: once Remote Professional is running on the phone, you can conveniently start and stop connections from the PC application. With a new "overdrive-mode", the benchmark-setting speed of Remote Professional is further increased. When running in overdrive-mode, Remote Professional is scanning and sending frames continuously instead of waiting for each frame to be acknowledged.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:42 in category
[New] SMS & MMS Diary for S60 3rd & 5th Edition
SMS & MMS Diary by Ola Melén is probably the fastest message viewer in the world. It can not only be used to create diaries from your messages. You can also view your messages in a simple and extremely fast way (in your phone). Your messages are displayed in a "chat-like" way and hence it is very easy to follow your message conversations with your friends.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:17 in category
ARM Profiler for Symbian OS to be announced at the Smartphone Show
At the Symbian Smartphone Show next week, ARM and Symbian will announce ARM Profiler support for mobile phone developers using Symbian OS, helping achieve optimum performance without compromising battery life. The ARM Profiler enables developers of mobile phone and mobile internet device (MID) applications running on Symbian OS to add enhanced features that can run at high speeds with reduced drain on batteries. New features for developers using the ARM Profiler include:
* Ability to profile applications running on Symbian OS
* Feedback on actual application performance
* Rapid identification of bottlenecks.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 12:42 in category

Fri, 10.10.08

Nokia E90 firmware update v300 now available
Nokia has just released a new firmware version for the E90 Communicator: v300.34.84. There is no official change log yet but users report faster display and orientation switching (internal / external), new Download! application version, built-in Nokia Maps 2.0, updated Flash 3 and Flash video, FLV format support in RealPlayer (ability to play FLV files directly), some WiFi improvements and other cosmetic changes (see also Steve Litchfield's own changelog @ AAS). This new firmware is, as always, available via Nokia Software Update.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 11:16 in category

Thu, 02.10.08

It's time for S60 5th Edition
Today sees the introduction of S60 5th Edition, bringing new, advanced set of features that enable innovations and new experiences for consumers that want to fully embrace the use of smartphone products. With S60 5th Edition, the user interface is extended by the introduction of touch and with full support for tactile feedback. Enhanced display resolution support and a new Widescreen mode further compliments the touch UI and enables engaging visual experiences. Also, for the first time, the platform includes a framework for the use of advanced sensor technology. This all allows S60 device manufacturers to create innovative new device concepts for a wider range of user segments, while preserving the rich capabilities of the existing software platform. The first S60 5th Edition based device, designed for music lovers, was announced today - the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

S60 software continues to lead in the support for and use of internet technologies, and includes the Web Browser for S60, which supports desktop-quality browsing with Adobe Flash Lite 3. With the Touch enabled products and S60 5th Edition, Internet browsing is made more convenient by enabling scrolling Web pages and interacting directly with Web content by touching with a finger or the use of keys or stylus. The ecosystem now has more options, and user experiences are further enhanced with touch optimized toolbars and easy access to browser and internet application options.

Sensors enable very intuitive and smart usability for the key S60 applications. For example, silence the phone ringing by turning the phone upside down. The sensor framework in S60 5th Edition provides easy integration for wide range of sensors into vendor’s devices, and enables them and developers to take advantage of sensor data to create new exiting and intuitive applications and features.

S60 5th Edition's new features continue to provide a complete solution for multimedia experiences. New image and video editors in the S60 5th Edition make it simple to capture and edit pictures and videos directly on the device, before sharing them with others. Users can for example decrease red eye, crop image highlights, adjust image quality or add text and graphics to pictures. With the video editor, users can quickly cut and merge videos and sound directly on the device. Support for large, high resolution displays makes it possible for users to better enjoy widescreen multimedia and these features.

The implementation of the S60 Web Runtime in S60 5th Edition adds support for S60 Platform Services, which enables creation of personal and context aware Web widgets. Platform Services gives these Web standards based applications access to numerous applications and features of the S60 platform, such as calendar, contacts, GPS, messaging, audio, and video. Widgets can also mash-up information from the Internet together with selected information from the user’s mobile device. These Platform Services are easily accessible to Web content developers and service providers via new JavaScript and Adobe Flash Actionscript extensions. All of these capabilities continue to provide the user with the most control over security and their own private data.

To lower the barrier to entry for new innovation, S60 5th Edition is also expanding its support for open source technologies through integrated support for Open C++. This support brings the Standard Template Library and other popular platform-independent C++ libraries to the S60 platform, extending the Open C offering. Together, Open C and Open C++ create opportunities for developers to utilize existing skills and code from other platforms in their S60 development projects, including open source components that run today on Linux and other open platforms.

Developers are encouraged to leverage touch UI functionality in application design to get the full consumer advantage of touch in their solutions and create the best possible user experience. From today, S60 5th Edition SDK and tools are available to download via Forum Nokia.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:30 in category
5800 XpressMusic: S60 5th Edition with Touch
Nokia has just announced its first Touch enabled S60 smartphone. Powered with the new S60 5th Edition platform, the 5800 XpressMusic has a large, touch sensitive 3.2" 640x360 pixel nHD widescreen display, 3.2 Megapixel (2048x1536) Carl Zeiss Tessar camera with dual LED flash and VGA/30 fps video recording, built-in A-GPS and Nokia Maps, support for up to 16 GB microSD cards (8 GB card is included with the device), 3G, HSDPA and WLAN connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR with A2DP and AVRCP, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, microUSB and 3.5 mm AV connectors and is powered with BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The touch sensitive screen (single-touch) provides tactile feedback using vibra. Touch the screen or move a slider and you will not only hear and see but also feel its reaction. It works all the time, unless you set a profile to not use it. The tactile feedback vibration works towards the screen, you can feel it as a 'click'. There are three levels of feedback and other simpler feedback mechanisms (like turning the phone over to stop it ringing). The 5800 has a proximity sensor preventing inadvertent touches and saving power.

Text input (ITU keypad with T9) and UI control work both with finger and stylus, at your convencience. You can enter text in four different ways, using finger and stylus: Handwritting Recognition (stylus), Full Screen Qwerty (Landscape orientation, finger or stylus), Virtual Keyboard (Portrait orientation, small Qwerty, stylus) and virual standard keypad (Portrait orientation, stylus or finger).

The new user interface provides serveral new home screen features making access to the most frequently used functions easier and quicker. Contacts Bar lets you put four favourite contacts on your home screen, and access them with a single-touch, track message histories, blog updates, photos and more. Media Bar, with Flash support, provides rapid access to favourite media like surfing the web and using online sharing services. The 5800 has three buttons located below the screen: End key, S60 Menu key and the Send key. Plus there's a Media bar key on the top providing access to Music, Gallery, Games, Video Center and Internet Browser.

This phone is of course mainly about music. The updated Nokia Music Player allows drag-and-drop transfer of tracks and playlist management. And the device is packed with all the music essentials - a high-quality player with graphic equaliser, in-box memory for up to 6000 tracks, standard headphone jack, powerful built-in surround sound and up to a-day-and-a-half of music play time.

The 5800 XpressMusic weighs 109 g and measures 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm. Its 1320 mAh battery provides 35 hours of music playback and up to 9 hours of talk time. Box contents include Nokia Music Headset, Portable Stand, Video-Out cable, stylus, carrying case and 8 GB memory card. The 5800 will be available in Q4 2008 in silver-black, red and blue colours.

Stay tuned for detailed review of the 5800 and its new S60 5th Edition as soon as we get a test unit.

 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:30 in category
Nokia Comes With Music
Comes With Music is Nokia's new digital entertainment service. Nokia believes it could transform the way people access and enjoy music. Anyone who buys a Comes With Music device gets a full year of unlimited access to the Nokia Music Store - and can keep forever all the tracks they download in that time.

Comes With Music means people can try out music recommendations in a spontaneous and natural way, without worrying about the cost. And they can explore or rediscover music from the whole Nokia Music Store catalog of international and local artists, free for a year. There will be a voucher inside the Comes With Music device box which you then activate via the Nokia Music Store, giving you one years access to millions of tracks available through the store. The CWM service allows users to download and retain and listen to tracks both on their PC and their CWM device. To burn tracks to disc, users will have to purchase an additional license to enable this. After the first year, users can transfer their CWM library to another PC or CWM device every three months. The rights for the music will reside on one PC or device at any one time.

Comes With Music will be available across a wide range of music-enabled Nokia devices. The first will be a revamped version of the mid-range Nokia 5310 XpressMusic. Comes With Music will also be included on popular mass-market phones, as well as Nseries and other higher-end devices.

Comes With Music has music industry support too. Major record labels and independents have joined the service, and Nokia has secured rights with leading music publishers.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:30 in category

Wed, 01.10.08

[New] Kobo Deluxe for S60 3rd Edition
It's been only two weeks since AnotherGuest released four ports of classic games and here comes another one: Kobo Deluxe, an enhanced version of XKobo, a scrolling space shooter. Freeware & open source, as always.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:32 in category

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