Tag Archives: Symbian S60

Opera shows some love to Symbian, releases Opera Mobile 10.1 beta

15 Jul

Opera Software ASA LogoAfter a long long time, Opera has released a version of its full mobile Internet browser for Symbian S60 phones. Off late, Opera had been focussing only on Opera Mini for Symbian (among other smartphone and non-smartphone operating systems). Apart from regular features of tabbed browsing and Opera’s Presto rendering engine, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta also features geo-location support that will enable online maps and apps to determine your location automatically. For the record, this is a beta version and is likely to have minor bugs. It supports both S60 third edition and fifth edition devices (non-touch and touch). You can download the browser directly from your phone by going to m.opera.com/next.

World Cup App Countdown: AP 2010 World Cup Coverage

8 Jun

With the biggest sport spectacle in the world less than five days away, we have decided to start an app countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The coming days will see us coming up with a FIFA World Cup related app every day right until the tournament gets underway. We start off with the most newsy of the lot – Associated Press’ 2010 World Cup Coverage app for Symbian Series 60 devices and the iPhone. And it is free too – always a good thing in these inflationary times!

As can be expected, the app is extremely news-oriented, allowing you to choose your team and get the latest news and photographs on it, or simply embrace the world and get all the news about everybody. AP promises live updates once the matches get underway too. Mind you, we were very miffed to see that there were no squad lists on the app yet, even though official squad lists had been announced a few days ago. Also, while the app does score heavily on the news front, it does suffer a tad on the features front – so if you are used to the spice-laden comments of the Guardian, prepare yourself for relatively bland fare here.

Still, if news and updates are all ye seek, this is a worthy app. It loads fast and while it does pull a lot of its information from the Internet (could they have not at least preloaded the squads – sigh!), it does so at a decent rate, although the Symbian version did stutter and give us errors about Flash not loading – needless to say, the iPhone avatar did not. But ah, let’s not get into that.

Look out for the next World Cup app tomorrow as we count down to the World Cup, the app way.

Google Maps 4.1 on WinMo and Symbian S60 handsets get voice search

22 Apr

The very convenient option of search by voice in Google Maps for mobile was so far enjoyed by BlackBerry and the robot-themed handset users. But yesterday, Google happily announced the inclusion of search by voice option in Google Maps 4.1 for WinMo and Symbian S60 phones. This great feature saves you the trouble of typing long addresses by just simply letting you pronounce the search items.

After opening Google maps, instead of typing, users have to press the ‘call button’ and then speak out the search term. Another change that users will find is the redesigned settings page with various language choices and other supported options such as multiple English accents and Mandarin Chinese.


To install the latest version of Google Maps for mobile 4.1, WinMo and Symbian S60 handset users have to visit m.google.com/maps from the phone’s browser.

Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report for February 2010

31 Mar

The Norwegian browser maker – Opera, has released its State of the Mobile Web Report for February 2010. By compressing 90 per cent of the web pages and making telephone bills appear happier even for users even with flat-rate data plans, the browser vendor has not only satisfied Opera Mini users but also the carriers. The company has managed to generate over $1 billion per year for telecom operators globally. Opera has also made it clear that their servers are responsible for the fast browsing experience and not the ‘strained telecom networks’.


In the month of February, 50.5 million people were recorded for using Opera Mini and the browser compressed 3 Petabytes of operator data for its users. Say thanks to its compression technology that has saved consumers $8 billion worldwide on their mobile browsing bills.


Nokia devices occupy the top ten spots in India for the maximum usage of the Opera browser. The list includes – Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, 2700 classic, N70, 3110 classic, 6300, N73, 7210, N72, 5310 XpressMusic and 3500 classic. But that should change in the coming months as Nokia faces intense competition from emerging players like Micromax and Spice, that come preloaded with Opera Mini browser.

Skype to be downloadable for free on your Nokia smartphone!

3 Mar

Skype is now available on your Nokia smartphone. After a deal between Nokia and Skype, the Finnish vendor has launched a Skype client for its range of Symbian smartphones, called ‘Skype for Symbian’.


Nokia smartphone users can download this application from Ovi Store for free and can use it either through Wi-Fi or through a mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G).  â€˜Skype for Symbian’ will run on any Nokia smartphone based on Symbian ^1 and soon this app will be introduced on Symbian devices by other handset vendors including Sony Ericsson.


Check out the list of Nokia handsets which are compatible with ‘Skype for Symbian’ application:
Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5530, Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8GB, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320. 

Nokia unveils the first device from its new C-Series – the C5!

2 Mar

Nokia has unveiled the first device from its Cseries range, the C5. The device is a mid-end smartphone (as Nokia calls it) and is based on the Symbian S60 3rd edition OS. It has a 2.2-inch display, a 3.2 MP camera, A-GPS, 3G connectivity, stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, internal memory of 2 GB expandable up to 16 GB with a microSD storage card, a quick access bar on the home screen and a talktime of up to 12 hours.

The handheld also supports Nokia Messaging and Nokia Ovi Maps with free turn-by-turn navigation.
The Nokia C5 is expected to hit certain markets in Q2 this year. The anticipated price of the handheld before taxes and subsidies is €135.

Mobile World Congress 2010: Preview

13 Feb

Here I am waiting at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, enroute to Barcelona for yet another edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC), For those who haven’t heard about the event (I’m surprised you are reading this), MWC is the world’s largest telecom show where every brand in the industry unveils their offerings for the rest of the year. It is THE event, where trends are set and old benchmarks are bettered. So what can we expect from this year’s MWC?

Nokia: There have been some murmurings that Nokia might not introduce any ‘flagship’ device at its February 15 press event. We believe that Nokia would focus more on services — Nokia Money, Life Tools, Ovi — and probably even introduce some basic phones aimed at emerging markets. This fits well with the ‘Connecting People’ theme that Nokia has chosen for its two-day parallel event. But stranger things have happened in the past — the N86 did not figure in last year’s announcement, but a press release for it ‘somehow’ found its way in the press kit — and we wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia does announce a high-end phone or two.

Samsung: This is one handset vendor that will be making headlines at the show. Samsung will, for the first time, showcase devices running on its Bada platform that it had announced late last year.

Microsoft: With Steve Ballmer confirmed to present at Microsoft’s press conference on Monday, it is logical to assume that it will be a significant announcement. And knowing Microsoft, that would translate into WinMo 7.0 and probably some music and cloud-based services.

Sony Ericsson: The troubled handset vendor is organising a press conference tomorrow. I’m really keen to see what they have in store, considering that their first Android phone — the XPERIA X10 — is not available in most markets, yet. Earlier leaks have indicated a Symbian-based smartphone as well as a mini-version of the X10.

HTC: That’s a no-brainer. We have already seen a few leaked WinMo and Android smartphones and usually HTC roadmap leaks have proved to be pretty accurate in the past.

INQ Mobile: The winner of last year’s best handset award will be showcasing its first Android-based social networking phone.

There’s so much more that I want to write but here comes the announcement for my flight. We will be Tweeting live from most press conferences so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @cellpassion.