Archive for January, 2011
Nokia announced during Lotusphere 2011 in Florida that improved and upgraded Lotus solutions will soon be available for the new Symbian powered devices such as the Nokia N8, E7, and C6-01. Lotus solutions have already existed on Nokia phones on previous S60 devices but they’ve been upgraded to run perfectly with a new UI experience.
Google’s Android has overtaken Symbian as the smart phone platform leader according to research firm Canalys. Shipments of Android-based smart phones reached 32.9 million in Q4 2010, while devices running Nokia’s Symbian platform trailed slightly at 31.0 million worldwide. While this is certainly bad news, Nokia remains the leading vendor. This reports tells us the total shipments of Android devices from LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and others combined just slightly beat Nokia.
Leaders in the mobile technology and cell phone market will gather, collaborate, and network in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks. We’ll probably even see some product announcements. I just got an overview of Nokia’s activities during the conference so you can prepare for what’s to come.
Phone Arena got their hands on a prototype Nokia E7 and just published their preview. They were thrilled by it’s fantastic design, rock solid construction, and its choice of premium materials. However, they were put off the OS. They felt it was too uninspiring when compared to other modern rivals. There’s a video with the preview for those who don’t like to read.
Nokia Beta Labs introduced Nokia Reader on Monday and I just found some time to try it out. I made a demo video so you can see how the app performs in real life with the Nokia N8, instead of the official Nokia video. Nokia Reader is a simple RSS reader to manage news feeds on your Symbian phone. Check it out.
Nokia recently created @NokiaCareUS to help North American users on Twitter with support questions. The account also has Nokia experts tweeting tips everyday. I thought getting customer support through 140 characters was interesting, so I sent a few questions to Sean Valderas, the Customer Care Manager at Nokia. Have a look at the responses.
I got an interesting package from WOMWorld/Nokia today. I made a quick unboxing video so you can see what’s inside. It’s related to the Annoying Orange and a Chatterboxing event expected to start on February 4th. The teaser site is already up if you’re interested (ovi.com/annoyingorange). Watch the video after the jump.
Get ready to be jealous! Despite all the talks about delaying the Nokia E7, the first unboxing video made it to Youtube thanks to user Franksyed. He said he got it from forum.nokia.com. I’m still searching the site to see how I can get it, too. In addition to the package contents, we see the Nokia E7 next to the vintage Nokia E90 communicator.
Pocketnow reports that the Nokia Nuron 2 originally planned for T-Mobile USA has been cancelled. This is the second time this week we see the word “cancelled” next to a US carrier. The first one being the Nokia X7 with AT&T. The Nuron 2 is internationally known as the Nokia C5-03, a Symbian^1 smartphone.
A Nokia spokesperson told The Inquirer that the company expects to release the Nokia E7 in Q1, but it could be Q2 before the UK actually gets it. That most likely means Nokia will ship towards the end of Q1 (March 31st). The Nokia E7 was originally planned for Q4 2010, but was pushed back to “ensure the best possible user experience.”