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Thu, 31.03.11

Symbian OS source code published
Nokia has uploaded almost all of the source code for the Symbian OS to The few remaining source files, tools and documents will be uploaded over the next few weeks. Through these pages you will find source code, platform development tools, documents and other support materials. The Symbian platform source is a snapshot of Nokia's most recent master code base.

Nokia will no longer refer to official releases as Symbian ^3 or Symbian^4, but will deliver continuous evolution of the platform to partners and customers – including consumers. In line with this approach there are no software builds, but build tools through this website, and a SDK through Forum Nokia.

Read more @ Nokia Symbian Blog.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 21:02 in category
Nokia Sleeping Screen
Nokia Sleeping Screen makes your phone stand out from the crowd by painting beautifully crafted images on the sleeping screen. It is not only about aesthetics - Nokia Sleeping Screen is highly useful, too. With just a glimpse you'll be able to see missed calls, unread text messages, and reminders presented with clear icons and animations. Features:

* Personalization by selecting the appearance of the phone.
* Time & date always visible with a glimpse of the phone.
* Rich visual notifications of missed calls, SMS, and calendar events.
* Night clock mode setting to dim the appearance for night period.
* Very clear battery charging indication with animation.
* Low power consumption
* Turning screen off when phone is covered, e.g. in a bag or your pocket.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:55 in category

Sat, 26.03.11

Qt Creator 2.2 beta released
While work is being done on Qt Creator 2.1.0 for the Qt SDK, features and fixes are also being prepared for the next version. And so here comes a feature complete beta release of Qt Creator 2.2.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 03:44 in category

Fri, 25.03.11

Nokia Situations for Symbian ^3 updated to v2.51
Nokia Beta labs has updated Nokia Situations for Symbian ^3. Version 2.51 includes:

* Application action allows selection of several applications
* Possibility to close launched applications when situation changes
* Possibility to close browser when situation changes
* Time & WLAN conditions now support multiple selections
* Timed option added as in profiles
* Small UI changes (long-tap context menus & direct actions on items)
* "no change" -option added to Bluetooth, theme & powersave actions
* Network location condition improved
* Cell ID limit increased to 100
* Remove cells from existing network location condition
* Bookmark action fix (open bookmark correctly when browser is already started)
* Removed background service autostart from sis-installation.
* Calendar condition will be reset in this update, application & bookmark actions may be corrupted.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:36 in category

Thu, 24.03.11

DJ Turntable for Symbian ^3
DJ Turntable from Forum Nokia is a Qt Quick application that allows the user to scratch audio with the turntable and play predefined background beats, or create their own beats with the drum machine.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:42 in category

Tue, 22.03.11

PR 1.2 firmware update for the N8, C7 and C6-01
The Nokia N8, C6-01 and the C7 have just received a PR 1.2 firmware update. It is a small OTA update adding the newest versions of the Ovi Store and Maps, containing bug fixes and correcting Mail for Exchange synchronization problems.

The update will be available for unlocked devices on selected markets, other variants will have to wait for the major PR 2.0 upgrade planned for summer.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 20:25 in category
The C7 hits T-Mobile US as the Nokia Astound, with PR 2.0 firmware onboard
Nokia C7-00 will appear on T-Mobile USA as the Nokia Astound, which will be the first device with the PR 2.0 firmware.

This includes a new browser and portrait QWERTY keyboard, as well as split screen functionality to let you see the input area when typing. These improvements will propagate to other devices in the new Symbian range shortly.

The Astound is also the industry's first device to feature bio paints (which are made from renewable plant materials), is made with recyclable metals and glass, and has eco-friendly apps to help reduce unnecessary energy usage.

It will be available exclusively at T-Mobile USA, beginning on April 6, for $79.99 on contract.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:57 in category
Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 launched
Opera Software has released Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11. What's new?
  • Smooth operator - Improved scrolling, panning and zooming make the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers the sweetest thing to hit mobile devices since the Opera Mini 5 browser.

  • Pinch-to-zoom - Feel free to twist and shout now that Opera's features include true pinch-to-zoom on devices that support pinch.

  • Sharing - When you find something, let it be ... shared. The new versions feature a share button, so you can easily post, tweet, or just shout it out loud on Facebook, vKontakte or My Opera.

  • Now also optimized for tablets - Opera for tablets brings smooth browsing to your tablet PC with a brand new interface.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:33 in category

Wed, 16.03.11

Nokia Software Updater for Mac
Nokia Beta Labs have released a beta version of Nokia Software Updater for Mac making it possible to update your phone's firmware using a Mac computer. This release candidate supports only device software updates. Support for application updates will be released later. The following devices are supported: 5630 XpressMusic, 5730 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6700 slide, 6710 Navigator, 6720 Classic, 6730 Classic, C5, C6, C7, E52, E55, E72, N78, N79, N8, N97, N97 mini, X5, X6.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 16:35 in category

Tue, 15.03.11

Firmware update v14.002 for the Nokia E7
A minor firmware update to version 14.002 (aka PR1.1) for the Nokia E7 has been released today and is available OTA via the "Software update" application on the phone. The download is slightly above 900 kB and mainly brings performance improvements and bug fixes.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:45 in category
Nokia Diexie - innovative Chinese input technology
Nokia Research Center in Beijing has just released Nokia Diexie (the official name means "overlapping handwriting"), a beta application for Chinese speakers around the world to write sentences in Chinese on their touchscreen phones naturally - without having to pause between characters.

What makes Nokia Diexie unique is that it was designed specifically for smaller touchscreen phones where writing out a full sentence just won't fit on the limited real estate. Nokia Diexie allows users to simply write a full sentence one character over another in a stacking style. As you begin writing the next character over the previous character, the previous character begins to fade away, creating an overlapped visual, allowing you to concentrate on finishing the next character.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:40 in category
Nokia Shoot & Tag from Beta Labs
Nokia Shoot & Tag is a video recording application for Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition phones that incorporates automatic scene-tagging technology. When filming videos with Shoot & Tag, the video tagging technology automatically recognizes shifts or changes in the background images being recorded and will tag the change as a new scene or chapter in your video. After you finish recording, you can quickly browse through your video's scenes by simply clicking on the pre-organized scene frames located on the left side of the screen. Nokia Shoot & Tag is an evolution of the Nokia Video Cuts gallery application also available from Nokia Beta Labs.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 12:45 in category

Fri, 11.03.11

Qt Quick RSS Reader
Qt Quick RSS Reader example application by Juha Ristolainen demonstrates the use of RSS feed resources on the net. It contains a rich UI with view navigation, search, accordion list and animations. The UI components are designed to be reusable in other applications. RSS Reader uses the QML local storage to store the feeds that the user has subscribed. The application also demonstrates how the graphical theme can be switched from the settings view. Obviously, it is also a fully functional RSS reader.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 06:44 in category

Thu, 10.03.11

Nokia Reader updated to 1.0.1
Nokia Beta Labs has updated Nokia Reader. This new version 1.0.1 corrects problems when signing in with Nokia Account and addresses connectivity issues with the previous version. When you download the latest release, please follow the instructions carefully since there are several steps involved in updating the Ovi Notifications Support Package.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 06:32 in category

Wed, 09.03.11

Nokia reaffirms its commitment to Symbian
Nokia reinforced its commitment to its Symbian platform on Wednesday, easing concerns it could face an awkward gap until the launch of new products under its planned Microsoft venture. The comments on Symbian from a Nokia executive on Wednesday helped lift the Finnish mobile phone maker's shares above recent lows to trade up 2.3 percent at 6.20 euros by 1255 GMT. The STOXX Europe 600 technology index .SX8P was up 0.4 percent.

The comments also offset an admission from Nokia's telecom gear venture with Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, that its $1.2 billion acquisition of Motorola's network unit would be delayed further due to an extended review by Chinese authorities.

Symbian is due to be replaced by Microsoft's Windows Phone over the coming two years under a plan announced in February, raising concerns over what Nokia would do with its existing product lines in the meantime.

"We will of course utilise the long tail of Symbian as long as it gives us a profitable margin," Nokia Chief Financial Officer Timo Ihamuotila told a technology conference organised by Switzerland's UBS. He noted a final contract with Microsoft was yet to be signed. Ihamuotila said the so-called long tail in phone sales, when volumes are lower than after launch, has often lasted longer than expected in the mobile industry.

Industry watchers said it was important for Nokia to manage the transition to new Microsoft-based products. "Symbian faces similar challenges to Mark Twain, whose death was famously announced prematurely," said Ben Wood, head of research at British consultancy CCS Insight. "Nokia must come out with a strong message that its legacy smartphone platform is alive and well as sales of Symbian devices are going to be critical for the next 18 months," Wood said.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:25 in category

Mon, 07.03.11

Kasvopus - Facebook client for Symbian ^3
Kasvopus by Tommi Kaukkanen is Facebook client for Maemo, MeeGo and Symbian^3 devices. Simple and clean news feed is shown to you right after you launch the app. You can easily browse through latest status updates, shared news and links.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 19:42 in category
Digia acquires Qt commercial licensing business from Nokia
Digia Plc. has signed an agreement with Nokia to acquire the Qt commercial licensing and services business. Through the proposed acquisition, around 3500 desktop and embedded customer companies from various industries are targeted to be transferred to Digia. The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of March 2011. Nokia will continue to invest in future development of Qt for the benefit of all users, both Commercial and LGPL.

As a result, the commercial licensing and service operations business is to be run by Digia, with existing and new commercial customers, who will benefit from the continuity of development of desktop and embedded Qt functionality and new service models. Building on Digia's leading Qt expertise, this acquisition further accelerates Digia's direction towards international, product based business and significantly widens Digia's Qt customer base. To further strengthen its global presence, Digia will establish subsidiaries in USA and Norway as part of the transaction.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 14:55 in category

Tue, 01.03.11

Nokia Battery Monitor updated to v1.3
Nokia Battery Monitor has been updated to version 1.3. This new release, besides code tweaks and improvements, lacks the option to switch to the light theme and no longer has landscape mode support...
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:42 in category
Firmware version 20.0.004 for the Nokia 5250
Firmware version 20.0.004 has been released for the Nokia 5250. This software release brings you a new version of the web browser, with integrated web search functionality. You also get a new version of Mail for Exchange and Ovi Store as well as an improved music player. There are also general performance and usability improvements. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. Alternatively, this software release is available through the Nokia Ovi Suite.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:38 in category
Qt SDK 1.1 beta available
Nokia has released today Qt SDK 1.1 beta. With Qt 4.7.2 a lot of improvements and fixes for Qt Quick have been published. Qt Mobility 1.1.1 includes updates for the supported platforms. Qt Creator 2.1 will allow you to create and design your QML applications from within the IDE nicely.

What was missing so far was a nice and convenient way to get the whole package, namely the SDK. Now it's here.

The Qt SDK 1.1 beta is available now. The Qt SDK fills the gap between the Nokia Qt SDK, which provided a development environment for mobile targets, and the Qt Desktop SDKs. This allows you to develop applications for all platforms, which Qt supports. Compared to the Technology Preview a significant amount of updates has been included, namely:

  • Qt 4.7.2 for Symbian ^1 and Symbian ^3

  • Qt 4.7.2 for the Desktop

  • Qt 4.7.2 for the Qt Simulator

  • Qt Mobility 1.1.1 for Symbian^1, Symbian^3 and the Qt Simulator

  • Qt Creator 2.1 final

  • Qt Simulator 1.1 beta

  • Updates to the Symbian Complementary package, providing the toolchain and build tools for the Symbian platforms.

For the Linux and Mac platforms, SIS packages for Symbian have also been added, so that developers using the Remote Compiler can install Qt from their development host of choice as well. A full changelog is located in the installation package.

You can download the packages on the Forum Nokia pages.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:07 in category
Qt Mobility 1.1.1 released
Qt Mobility 1.1.1 has been made available today. This is a maintenance release including a lot of bug fixes and improved QML bindings and performance especially for the Symbian platform. The documentation and auto tests have also been enhanced.

Qt Mobility 1.1.1 is also included in the Qt SDK 1.1 Beta release. Packages are available from

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 18:06 in category
Qt Creator 2.1.0 released
Nokia has just released Qt Creator 2.1.0, as well as the Qt SDK 1.1 beta and Qt 4.7.2.

A number of important fixes has been made since the 2.1.0 Release Candidate, including adaptions of the mobile application project wizards and deployment related files, and updated documentation. Together with the Qt SDK 1.1 beta, Qt Creator 2.1.0 is ready to provide a great experience.

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 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:58 in category
Qt 4.7.2 released
Qt 4.7.2 has now been released. This is a maintenance release which contains bug-fixes based on feedback and contributions since the Qt 4.7.1 release back in November. It also marks the official release of Qt Quick.

Qt Quick is a new feature within Qt that makes it easy to create light-weight apps and UIs. It contains the new QML language, the Qt Declarative module, and new tooling in Qt Creator to easily build apps.

Packages are available from the Qt Download page, and for those who prefer to get it directly from the public git repository at, there will be a "v4.7.2" tag soon.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:49 in category
Qt Quick 1.0 officially launched
Nokia has launched Qt Quick 1.0 today. Qt Quick is a collection of three technologies:

* QtDeclarative - the native library in Qt delivering native integration and the Qt Quick UI runtime
* QML - the Qt MetaObject Language, allowing declaration of User Interfaces and Experiences
* Qt Creator support for QML-based projects and code integration.

For the last year, QML and QtDeclarative has been available to both early adopters as well as mainstream developers through code pushed to gitorious as well as Qt 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 releases. Today the final piece of the puzzle has been launched: Qt Creator with the Qt Quick Designer.

Qt Quick Designer is a WYSIWYG editor for QML UI's, allowing you to visually create and arrange your UI's while staying in perfect sync with your QML code. This does not use a separate generative step like Qt Designer did – but directly manipulates your QML code. You can get Qt Creator along with the Qt Quick Designer and all the other features supporting Qt Quick from the downloads page.

In the near future some additional features for Qt Quick will be made available. This includes use-case specific elements for pinching touch interaction, free form touch interaction, support for Right-To-Left layouting and many other features and suggestions.

The team has also started last fall to build Qt Quick components for MeeGo and Symbian. While work is still continuing at a brisk pace on the MeeGo style, the Symbian style has now been fully transitioned to, allowing anyone to try it out on their Symbian ^3 device. This makes creating new Apps with native look and feel a lot easier and obsoletes the task of each developer having to creating reusable elements such as buttons, ListItems and so forth. Prime your ‘git clone’ and head to To provide feedback you can use bugreports, and if you want to discuss you can use the mailing list or IRC.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 17:46 in category
Medica - Medication Reminder
Do you always forget to take your medications on time? Do you need to remember which medication at what time to take? Can't you remember the doctor's instructions or you lose your prescriptions and find them nowhere? Unlike expensive pillboxes and ugly medical watches, with Medica, you can:

* manage multiple multimedia prescriptions, multiple medications each
* record doctor's audio instructions and keep on the treatment as he says
* set a flexible and customizable medication timetable
* capture a photo of the medication to remind you
* customize alarm tones, voices, repetitions, flashes,
* ... and NEVER forget a medication again.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 04:02 in category
VoiceNote - advanced sound recorder
VoiceNote by Timo Lyytinen is an advanced sound recorder application with playback support. Also supports adding tags and location information to the recordings. Users can also share their recordings with Dropbox or email. Configuration options include quality, sample rate, codec, container, channel number (mono/stereo/auto), filename (e.g. time stamp), and directory to save audio files.
 Posted by Michal Jerz @ 03:42 in category

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