Posts Tagged ‘Nokia’

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Nokia N97 Gets v20 Firmware Update

October 27, 2009

Nokia Software Update application Today saw the release of the long awaited v20 firmware update which was expected to bring kinetic scrolling throughout all menus on the N97, being able to hold keys down to access the alternative character/number when typing as well as some other much needed bug fixes. One important feature which was expected, Skype, is not included and is expected again, at a later date.

An excerpt of the change list from Steve Litchfield at All About Symbian:
Improvements in firmware 20.2.019 are:

  • A reworked memory mapping model – this means that applications use the (relatively) limited RAM much more efficiently and you should rarely see any memory errors. Note that the available ‘Free RAM’ after booting is now a lot less (around 47MB), but don’t take this raw number too literally – apps apparently use less RAM than before
  • Kinetic scrolling in the User Interface in all lists and larger-than-screen views
  • The keyboard driver has been enhanced so that a long press on any key brings up its associated ‘function’ symbol (or number)
  • Music player shows album art more reliably, plus extra MP3 ID3 information
  • Half a dozen new social media and services widgets have been added by default
  • Camera still and video improvements…

For those of you running a sim-free unlocked UK Nokia N97, the v12 update has only been able since the 17th of October, there may be quite a wait for v20 unless the posts on the Nokia forum have been read.

The update is probably only available to Euro sim-free variants but worth a try if you have a non-operator branded handset from another region. For more information check out this post on how to update your N97 firmware. Over the air updates using the built-in Software app may not be available for a few days.

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Opera Mini Beta 5 – Optimised for N97 et al.

September 21, 2009

The previous version of Opera Mini worked well on Symbian S60 3rd Edition handsets but wasn’t conceived in anticipation of the touch-screen version of the S60, S60 5th Edition, which can be found on the Nokia N97 and the 5800, to name two. As a result touch functionality didn’t work and the user had to fall back to the hardware keys of the N97 and the virtual keypad of the 5800.

Opera has now released Opera Mini Beta 5 which is a godsend for those with a touch-screen mobiles and brings with it some great new features that should have been part of the inbuilt browser of the Nokia N97, in particular. So, what does Opera Mini Beta 5 offer besides touch friendly browsing.

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Tabbed Browsing
An awesome feature especially on a mobile device which has a small screen. The native S60 browser doesn’t handle multiple windows well and to force a new window you have to create a custom page/bookmark hack as the feature is not available natively. The way this has been implemented on S60 5th adds to the usability as the thumbnails of the page are shown in the tab, which will work well for those who prefer to see the colours/images of a page rather than read the name of the tab to identify it.

Select Text/Copy
One thing that Nokia have missed the boat on is the copying of content from the web browser with their S60 devices. Opera opens up this feature and is activated by pressing down on the screen until a balloon with “Select Text” appears. Once text is highlighted, by dragging a finger or stylus across the screen, another balloon pops up offering options to “Copy,” “Search,” or “Search with,” which allows you to select a search engine. Nice time saving features allowing information to be freed from the browser.

Save Page
You can save web pages to the device so they can be viewed offline. Another cool feature allowing pages to be saved, just like on a PC browser but for a mobile device, options can be set as to where you would like pages saved on the phone, to prevent those ‘low disk space’ errors!

On-Screen QWERTY Keyboard
A handy feature for the N97 which doesn’t have this natively. Sure, there is a physical keyboard but sometimes you aren’t typing enough to warrant opening the keyboard, but just enough that the on-screen number pad becomes an inconvenience.

Speed Dial
Opera Mini b5 can be set to open up on the Speed Dial page, a grid of 9 thumbnails representing your favourite sites, providing you with quick access to them from start up. This has replaced my Start.io homepage and instead the Start.io page can have a speed dial box.

Password Manager
If you hate signing-in to sites over and over again, the password manager will be a boon, although if you frequently misplace your phones, this feature may be better left unused.

I have been Opera Mini Beta 5 briefly, but some sites aren’t formatted correctly, resulting in text overlaps, yet these pages appear normally in the default S60 browser. There’s no bookmark sync, which might have been the feature to get me to install Opera on my PC! Due to the addition of kinetic scrolling for touch-screen devices, the screen no longer snaps to the edges of paragraphs, so when scrolling up and down, unless you keep your finger, thumb or stylus on a perfectly vertical trail, you will find the page moving horizontally also. On a positive note, browsing on Opera Mini remains snappy, great access to pages using speed dial and tabs adds to the experience. With the addition of the qwerty keyboard, convenience and speed seems to have been the primary focus of this release. This is great progress on a great app and a lot of thought seems to have gone into improving the mobile browsing experience, which can be a chore at times!

Give the app a try if you haven’t used it before: opera.com/mini/next.

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Additional Updates Available for the Nokia N97

July 16, 2009

Hot on the heels of the v11 update for the UK version of the sim free Nokia N97, is an update for a few items on the N97 as well as a much needed optimisation.

The SW Update app, pre-installed on the handset provides the following updates:

Maps 3.1 – shows as v3.01 within the Maps application after update, Maps starts quicker for me;
N97 C: Phone Memory Update 7.1 – freed up approximately 8MB for me;
N-Gage application 1.3 – N-gage client for the N97;
Nokia Messaging 10.0 – Nokia’s standalone email client email.nokia.com, not to be confused with the inbuilt email client;
Ovi Contacts 1.20 – A Nokia Beta Labs chat product with location and presence.

These updates may not appear over your mobile network provider’s data channel so try connecting over wifi. You may have to set your wifi connection as the primary connection in the Internet or WAP ‘Destinations’ to ensure it is used.

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Nokia’s Ovi Store now open!

May 26, 2009

Nokia’s Ovi Store, revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year is now being rolled out worldwide, according to All About Symbian who also report that it has gone live in the UK.

I had a look last night on my Nokia N95 to see if it was available but there was nothing new. This morning however, an Ovi Store icon had appeared in the Download App. Here are a few of my observations of the new store.

Ovi Store Version - Techstatic.net The blurb for the Ovi Store app in the Nokia Download App is as follows:

“Ovi Store offers access to a marketplace featuring paid and free content from a variety of partners. Games, videos, apps and more are all available from Ovi Store via an application optimized for your mobile. Download Ovi Store today!”

Sounds good, how does it fare in practice?

The current version of the Ovi App installer, for Symbian S60 V3, is 1.05(212). Installation is straightforward, as with any standard app although a popup did appear saying the phone should be restarted after the installation had completed.

Main Interface
Ovi Store Splash Screen - Techstatic.net The interface looks clean and simple, good for a small mobile screen. At the top of the screen is the section menu, allowing the user to switch between different screens relating to: My Stuff (download history); Recommended Applications; Games, Audio & video, Personalisation.

Simply pressing left or right on the d-pad on non-touch phones changes between these sections. The page content updates as you switch between sections. Currently there can be a bit of a delay in loading the section content, only three or four seconds at most, I expect this is due to the roll-out of Ovi store and a high load of people trying the new service out.

Directly beneath the section navigation is a link to let you search the content of the current section. For example if you were in the Personalisation section, the link would read “Search Personalisation”. Clicking on the link takes you to the search page with a simple search field, Search button and a Sign In/Sign Out button. Incidentally, Signing out from this page, results in you being returned to the section menu you were previously viewing, rather than keeping you on the Search page. To search another section, you have to go back out to the main content list and go to section you want using the left and right buttons on the d-pad.

Ovi Store Item Listing - Techstatic.netSelecting content from the list is as easy as using the d-pad to move the highlight cursor up and down the items and selecting the item you wish to see more information on. The list displays ten items with basic information such as Title; Icon/Image; Category; Price; and Rating, out of three stars. A featured app at the top of the content list gets a slightly bigger box than the rest of the list items but the rating and category names aren’t displayed, in favour of a FEATURED title and a short strapline.

Below the content list (items such as apps, games or wallpapers), is a link to the next page of content for the section and a Sign In/Sign Out button.

Selecting an item in the content list takes you to its dedicated page.

Item Listing

Product Page Ovi Store - Techstatic.net When you go to the page for an item you are presented a larger icon/image for the application. Depending on what was uploaded to the Ovi service, this could be a company or application logo or a shrunken screenshot of the app. Next to the image is the price, title of the app and the publisher or developer. The publisher/developer name will be highlighted so you can click it to see if there are more apps and resources on the Ovi Store from them. If there are more images of the app available, smaller thumbnails will appear in the space below the price, publisher and title.

Below the main information about the app, for free items is a large Download button.For items that require payment, this will by a Buy button, clicking it will require you to enter your password again to confirm that you wish to purchase it. If you are signed in, another button, ”Send to Friend,” will be available. At the moment, on the Send to Friend page I am shown that I have five messages remaining, allowing me to notify five people about items on the Ovi Store. Since there is a five text allowance, I assume these are free and after the five are used up I will probably be charged – now there’s something to check the terms and conditions for as well as the privacy agreement.

Product Page Ovi Store - Techstatic.net Immediately below the download button are three large and prominent stars which show the current rating the item has on the store. The next thing on the page is the description for the item you are looking at which includes the Size and Type of app, such as Widget or Application.

If anyone has reviewed the item, this will appear below the description. There is also a button so you can read more reviews and if signed in, a button to let you write and rate an app. Writing a review allows you to specify a rating out of three, a title for your review and the review itself.

Below the Review section will be a few related items, if you wish to see more there is a button to see More Related items. If there is a problem with the app or its listing you can file a report using the Report Issue button. Reporting an issue involved selecting from one of seven options to categorise your report: Obscenity; Violence; Abuse; Spam; Fraud; Racism; or Other. There is also a box where you can specify what the issue is. There is a note saying that you username will be included with the report.

Finally on the item page is a button to let you return to the Section listings you can from i.e. Applications, games etc. The right softkey also works as a Back button in this instance.


Menus
The left soft key, labelled Options, brings up a menu with the following options:

Suggested for me(*)
Most Popular
Most Recent
Show Free Only
Show Paid Only
Show all(*)
Channels – not available on some sections
Categories – not available on some sections
Account >
Settings
Sign out
Privacy Policy
Ovi terms
Store Terms
Help
Exit.

Ovi Store Installation PreferencesProduct Page Ovi Store - Techstatic.netThe first few options allow you to filter content and I shall go into this in a bit.

Within Settings there are three sub-sections:

Account Info – from where you canview and edit your Nokia account details and specify contact preferences;

Change Password – change your Nokia Account password;

Installation Preferences – lets you specify which storage medium you wish to use between memory card and internal storage for Applications and Games and another for Images and Videos, both locations can be on the same storage.

On the N95, occasionally, I had a problem where I would enter the Settings menu to see the three sections listed, as above. Pressing down to activate the highlight cursor (the system of changing the colour of the menu option that is selected, to identify to the user as selected) so I could select a menu item, would not do anything. Pressing up on the d-pad would activate the cursor and then I could press up and down as I wanted to move between menu items. It seems to be the initial activation of the cursor that allows me to select an item is broken.

Other menu items such as Privacy Policy and Ovi Terms give direct links to the current Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions for the application, store, purchases and your data and all the other legal stuff.

The Help menu option takes you to a single scrollable page with simple information about the Ovi Store; creating a Nokia Account; signing in to the Ovi Store; searching the Ovi Store; viewing items on the Store; reading and writing reviews; sharing favourites with friends;  reporting inappropriate content and editing the store settings. At the bottom of the Help page is a button labelled Customer Support. which takes you to a form where, if signed in, your details a pre-filled and you can select a topic from the drop down box and in another box, write what you require help about.


Filters
The first options on the menu allow you to filter content as follows:

Suggested for me(*) – items suggested by the store, probably based on purchases or viewing habits;
Most Popular – most popular items , most likely to be defined by views or purchases as many unrated items appeared in this list;
Show Free only – displays only free items, although some have slipped through the net which charge after a free period of service, according to reviews;
Show paid only – if you don’t care for freebies, all chargeable apps are shown using this option;
Show all(*) – remove all filters.

Ovi Store Filters Menu Product Page Ovi Store - Techstatic.net I am unsure what the asterisk in brackets meant and assumed using the Star key would alternate between those filters; I tried pressing the Star key on the keypad to no avail.

The problem with filters is that they have to be re-applied when switching between sections, the store does not remember that a filter has been applied and as such it is more of a view/sub section rather than a real filter. If I go into Games and apply the Show Free Only filter option, I am given a list of games listed as free. Now if I press Right on the d-pad to switch to the Audio & Video Section, the filter is no longer active and paid-for apps are included in the listings. Going back to games doesn’t recall the filtered view there either, once you leave a section all filters are cleared.

Channels: currently this option just brings up a page saying “There are no channels for this area” along with a Sign In/Sign Out button.

Ovi Store Categorised Listing Product Page Ovi Store - Techstatic.net The categories option stuck near the bottom of the menu would probably have been better placed near the top or as a number pad shortcut, maybe even a horizontal scrolling menu below the Section menu on the main page. Selecting this option brings up a list of the categories available for the section of the store you are looking at (eg Games: Action; Arcade; Adventure). Selecting a category will display the items in the current section under that category. Categories also suffer from menu amnesia, as with filters, once you leave the section by pressing left or right on the d-pad.

Filters and categories can be combined but only one way. A category can be selected within Applications, such as City Guides/Maps and then in the resulting view, the Show Free Only filter can be applied to show only free City Guides/Maps applications. Try this the other way around and apply the Show Free Only filter and then select the City Guides/Maps category and you should see that paid for apps also appear in the list.

If for some reason the Ovi Store isn’t available on your handset in your region just yet or the operator hasn’t enabled it, you can always try the online Ovi Store.

Also, another thing to note, if you use an app such as SkyeQuiKey ot T9Nav to ‘dial’ an app, for the Ovi Store app, you have to dial 78673 as the app is called Store rather than Ovi Store!

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MWC 2009 Barcelona – Day 1 Nokia

February 17, 2009

Yesterday saw the start of the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A large number of mobile hardware, software and accessory manufacturers gather to show off their wares to the world, it could be considered the mobile telephony version of CES.

Nokia’s conference revealed a number of devices and services for the coming year further improving on offerings from 2008.

The useless Download app on Nokia phones has for a while now been an after-thought for getting applications and utilities to peoples’ phones. It seems there may be a decent solution in the form of the Ovi Store with a url, publish.ovi.com, for anyone wanting to get their content onto the Ovi Store. Signups for developers/publishers is open now with the Ovi Store available to compatible devices in May. The long anticipated N97 will be the first Nokia to have the Ovi Store software pre-installed.

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The Ovi store will also be location aware and as Nokia put it, can provide “…targeted content based on their social connections and physical location.” How this will be useful beyond the given example of Spanish content items when in Spain, remains to be explored. Perhaps those travel/audio guides would be handy.

 

When it comes to hardware, Nokia devices are universal with handsets available for all budgets and with various capabilities. Yesterday a number of handsets were announced to build on their existing portfolio.

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Nokia wanted to create the worlds thinnest smartphone and why not, what suit-wearing person wants a bulge in their jacket or trouser pocket. In this case, the bulge will only be 9.9mm thick. The Nokia E55 is that handset and claims 28 days of standby time, good if you don’t use your phone, and up to eight hours of talk time. This is the first Nokia handset that I know of to have neither a standard abc, def, keypad or a full qwerty. Instead, the E55 uses what Blackberry users know as SureType, two letters per key in a qwerty fashion. Other features include GPS, digital compass, wi-fi and in this thin handset, a 3.5mm headphone jack. The handset will be available in March, this year, for €265 sim-free, available in Black, Aluminium and White Aluminium.

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Also announced was the Nokia E75, another E-series business smartphone with standard corporate email access and the first to come integrated with Nokia Messaging. It has a horizontal slide-out fully qwerty keyboard. The handset will be available next month for €375 sim-free in Silver/black, Red and Copper Yellow.

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Nokia’s Navigator range of handsets are reinforced with the addition of the 6710 Navigator, which comes with a Nokia Maps and navigation licences pre-installed so the device is ready to use. The 6710 Navigator is a vertical slider handset which will also come with a car holder and is expected to be around €300 sim-free; available during Q3 2009 in Titanium and Brown.

 

The Nokia 6720 Classic was also announced, a candybar smartphone running S60 9.2. It is what I would consider, a common/standard-level smartphone, with 5MP camera and LED flash (LED!…*groan*), TV-out connection and built-in GPS. It has nothing exceptional that hasn’t been seen on previous top end N-series handsets and it probably serves to bring the technology to more people as prices drop. Available in Titanium, Grey and Brown for around €245 in Q2 2009.

 

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N86 is Nokia’s answer to the megapixel race (and hopefully the image quality race too!) at 8mp, it has exceeded their stale 5MP barrier. Is this new 8MP vertical slide handset going to be the new standard for this and next year’s Nokias?

Claims of aperture akin to that of a dedicated digital camera and shorter latency and fast mechanical shutter aim this squarely at the multimedia and photography demographic. No Xenon flash, instead there are two LEDs With all the features one would expect of an N-series device, such as wi-fi, 3g, GPS, TV-out along with 8GB of built-in storage and additional Micro-SD card slot. the N86 also features an OLED screen providing better contrast and colours, important for a phone where the photographic capability is being touted. Expect it to be available Q2 2009 €375 sim-free.

tags: MWC 2009, mobile world congress, conference, Nokia, Navigator, ovi, store, n86, 6720 classic, 6710 navigator, e75, e55, n97, barcelona

 

 

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Nokia N95 Firmware Update v20.0.015 Changelog

November 28, 2007

A nice person over at the All About Symbian Forums named Tom has posted a change log for the v20.0.15 firmware from v12.0.13, enjoy:

Version 20.0.0.015
13-11-07
RM-159
Changes/improvements made from MCU SW v12.0.013 to v 20.0.015:
New Features

  • Maps application version updated (Nokia Maps 1.0)
  • GetNGI (Games)
  • Music shop
  • OTA WMDRM (Windows Media Digital Rights Management)
  • Active standby search
  • Video ringing tone
  • ODP (On Demand Paging)
  • DVFS (Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling)
  • Switch application version updated

Changes and improvements

  • General stability improved.
  • Several localization errors corrected.
  • Various application help files updated.
  • Default language not always read from SIM correctly.
  • Volume side keys don’t work in all situations.
  • WLAN wizard can’t always connect to secure WLAN network.
  • Cannot edit or delete access points if lot of WLAN access points created.
  • Midlet icon may be shown twice after installation in some cases.
  • Midlet suite upgrade doesn’t work correctly if amount of midlets in suite has changed.
  • Streaming aspect ratio is not correct if QTSS server doesn’t provide Framesize tag in SDP.
  • Key presses are sometimes missed.
  • Connection dropped easily in crowded WLAN environment.
  • Cannot pre-configure push email application in variant.
  • OTA configuration containing an unknown parameter is ignored by device.
  • Call divert icon disappear after power cycle.
  • UPnP interoperability improved.

Browser

  • Dropdown list not opened if size is defined.
  • Large images in web page are not rendered correctly after scrolling.
  • Flashlite memory management improved.
  • Cannot access to SIM phonebook if device language is set to Chinese.
  • Cannot add Chinese characters to input/search box in browser.
  • Real One Player may show invalid default name for some downloaded videos.
  • RSS-links does not work anymore if article was downloaded from web feeds.
  • Improved handling of large web pages.

Media Player

  • Streaming doesn’t always continue after long pause.
  • Some m4a files cause music library to crash.
  • Album art not shown for WMA files if picture size is over 64 KB.

Gallery

  • Image editor closes on attempting to edit and send an image a second time.
  • Cannot upload images to online share if lots of images stored in device.
  • Image viewer crash when opening malformed JPEG file.
  • Thumbnail creation speed of big video files improved.

Messaging

  • Cannot have non-ascii characters in mailbox name.
  • Reduced character coding -option in text message settings doesn’t work as expected.
  • MMS presentation not saved to draft folder is exiting application with end key.
  • IM client allows empty alias.

VoIP

  • Device may reset if moving out of WLAN coverage during VOIP call.
  • Cannot register to VOIP if found WLAN connection is too weak.
  • VOIP doesn’t re-register if going momentarily our of WLAN coverage.
  • Automatic connection to SIP server fails often if started device in offline mode.
  • VoIP call can’t be established when multiple profiles with same realm.

Camera

  • Video recording with front camera may freeze the device.

Telephony

  • Device may restart if receiving voice call during ongoing video call.
  • Unable to create call after successful balance query.

Streaming

  • Maximum limit for streaming bandwidth for UMTS and WLAN increased from 999kb.

Voice Mail

  • Call divert indicator disappear in device is restarted.

Navigation

  • Improvement to Location API performance if lots of landmarks in device.

Bugs/Complaints

  • Tracking feature removed from Nokia Maps application.
  • Some people have reported issues with the Search application upon removing their memory card.
  • Some people have reported issues with not being able to connect to their PC via USB cable after update.
  • Call log bug STILL alive (where the call log represents every call as a mobile call).
  • Some people are complaining that picture quality has been degraded.
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N95 Firmware Update – v20.0.015 is OUT!

November 26, 2007

Screenshot0007_2[UPDATE] As I was going through the phone’s settings one by one restoring my tones and programs, scrolling through the list of files to select my ringtone I noticed that one of the video clips appeared! The preview of the video clip worked so I set it as the ringtone. YES! N95s on v20.0.15 can now use video ringtones without having to rely on third-party software! Also, there is a new visualisation available called Circles in Music Player.

After the rumours and the pictures of new firmware, finally v20.0.015 is available for download!

Obvious changes are:
New search bar on the standby/home screen for the new Search 4.00 app
Nokia Share Online 2.07.37 installed
Nokia Maps v1.2 (wk37 b05) installed
My Nokia app.
N-Gage launcher app – get trials and the N-Gage app when released from here
New Music Folder containing Music Player, Radio (new icon), New Podcasting App and Music Store link.
Menu icons shuffled around – Office and Media folders now in Applications folder.
Themes icons gone from Tools folder.
Transfer app renamed to Switch.

Screenshot0001_3The word on the forums is that Demand Paging is included in this release so I tried my best to force a memory error out of the N95 on v20.0.15. I ran the Music Player and left it playing a track, fired up Nokia Maps, opened the web browser and loaded up a page over wi-fi, ran a search, opened the gallery, started the radio (no music) and then took a picture with the camera. All this and the phone didn’t throw up the memory error!

Having installed the venerable Dr Jukka’s Y-Tasks with Memory Status plugin, I was pleased to see 29MB of RAM free after startup. This remained after running a few apps such as Y-Tasks and Antony Pranata’s Screenshot. The amount of free memory, if I remember correctly, used to be around 14-18Mb at startup on v12 firmware. Bare in mind the higher availablility of ram is due to paging, basically what PCs do, where they write data to the hard drive and use that as a temporary memory for running processes.

The camera is faster at getting your images sorted out and ready for the next shot. There is also a grid overlay to allow you to frame your shots. Unfortunately the camera software doesn’t remember what setting or profile you last used such as the flash being off. Every time the camera is fired up, it reverts to the Auto scene mode. 😦

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Links: WOM World, All About Symbian, Nokia Software Updater (UK)