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Nokia has announced that free Microsoft Apps will be offered as part of Symbian Belle OS (...

Symbian slowly ceases to be Nokia's pride and joy after the deal with Microsoft that will see Windows Phone become the primary operating platform, but the operating system is certainly not dead yet. Upcoming updates to Nokia's Symbian Belle operating system will include a number of free apps from Microsoft, while some of the programs will come as native for the first time outside the Windows platform.  Read More

Nokia has unveiled Nokia 500, its next Symbian Anna-based device powered via a 1GHz CPU

Positioned as a "low-cost, full-function smartphone," the freshly announced Nokia 500 is the first Symbian Anna-based device to utilize a 1GHz-clocked CPU. The handset is lightweight at 93 grams (3.28 oz) and features a 3.2 inch, 360 x 640 resolution capacitive touchscreen along with a 5 megapixel flash-less camera at the back.  Read More

The Parrot AR.Drone

Since Parrot’s AR.Drone was released last year, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users have been able to control the twin-camera packing RC quadricopter via their iOS devices. At launch time Parrot said support for non-Apple platforms was on the way and following the release of piloting apps for mobile phones running Samsung’s bada and Nokia’s Symbian operating systems, Parrot has announced Android users will be able to find a free piloting app in the Android Market from next month.  Read More

Nokia X7 smartphone: 4-inch AMOLED screen, 720p video and updated Symbian software

Nokia has officially taken the wraps off its new X7 smartphone – an entertainment and mobile gaming focused unit that packs a 4-inch, 16:9, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera and 720p video capture into nicely chiseled stainless steel casing that's less than half an inch (11.9 mm) thick. Along with the (also freshly announced) QWERTY keyboard equipped E6, the X7 is the first Nokia device to run on the updated Symbian "Anna" platform which introduces a raft of enhancements including new icons, improved text input, faster browsing and a spruced-up version of Ovi Maps.  Read More

The Nokia X5-01 seems squarely oriented towards media and web browsing

Nokia usually has its finger on the pulse when it comes to new mobile phone designs that appeal to core markets, but we’re more than a little intrigued by the angular approach taken by the new X5-01. The Symbian S60 (3rd gen) device measures 74x66mm and is 17mm thick, so it certainly isn’t one for those who are shy of pocket.  Read More

The Nokia N8 will come with a 12MP camera, HD video capabilities and the new Symbian^3 pla...

Its prototype might not have been found in a bar, but the leaks and rumors surrounding the Nokia N8 can now be put to bed following official outing of the new smartphone. The N8 is the first device to be powered by Nokia's new Symbian^3 platform, and the company believes that it will put some dedicated point-and-shoot cameras to shame with its 12MP camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash.  Read More

Nokia has released three new QWERTY handsets

As well as all featuring QWERTY keyboards, Nokia looks set to be focusing on improving messaging and social networking tools with the launch of three new handsets – the Nokia C3, C6 and E5. It’s made a big push on improved connectivity with a broad range of features across the board including scope to view Facebook feeds directly on the cell phone home screen, access to Ovi Mail and Chat and (in the Nokia E5’s case) improved access to business mail. With prices ranging from $122 to $298 these three new handsets will be released into the market separately in the second and third quarters of 2010.  Read More

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz flagship handset has a new sister phone with a slide out QWERTY ke...

Only a month after releasing its flagship Vivaz handset, Sony Ericsson has upgraded the model with the pro version, which adds a QWERTY keyboard to the touch screen offering for faster for messaging and communicating via email, SMS or social networking updates. The announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  Read More

The Symbian platform is now open source and ready for developers

When Nokia acquired the former Symbian Software Limited in 2008 a new independent non-profit organization called the Symbian Foundation was established. One of its main goals was to create the Symbian platform used on more than 330 million mobile phones worldwide as a royalty-free, open source software. Now, less than two full years later and four months ahead of schedule that goal has become a reality with the foundation announcing the completed open source release of the Symbian platform source code.  Read More

Nokia N900

From the first time we saw Nokia's N900 handheld computer we thought that it would be the ultimate communications device. With a large screen, fast processor, open OS and Firefox based browser, it seemed destined to become one of Nokia's major success stories. This was early September 2009, Nokia was showing off the device at their NokiaWorld conference, along with a new version of their N97 Symbian smartphone, and it looked like the N900 was the flagship product the the N97 SHOULD have been when it came out a few months earlier. We jumped on the bandwagon and were early supporters of the device.  Read More

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