Archive for February, 2011
The official Ovi Blog reported Nokia users went Bieber-crazy in the past month. He moved up to #26 in the Ovi Music Store download chart from #52. Justin Bieber’s downloads are also reportedly up 350% from this time last year. Did any of you help him with these stats?
I’m happy to see my byline under an official Nokia blog today! My review for Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem was just published over at the Ovi Daily App. It’s a typical mash-buttons-until-you-beat-em-up game, but the developers at Gameloft added great visuals, sound, and extras that make it a really fun game.
Fruit Ninja is now available at Nokia’s Ovi Store for the Nokia N8 and Nokia C7. This game is very popular on the Apple iPhone and iPad. It’s an addictive action game where you try to slice fruits before they fall down the screen. You can only miss three times. Slicing a bomb is also an automatic game over. Check out the video demo on my Nokia N8.
Foursquare check-in is now integrated with the latest beta of Ovi Maps. You may need to match the place on Ovi Maps to the corresponding one on Foursquare. None of the places I’ve tried to check-in on Ovi Maps were listed on the Foursquare venues. The app is still in beta, so expect things to get better down the road. Watch my demo on the Nokia N8.
GoodGuide’s scientists have rated 576 phones depending on their health, environmental and social performance. Scores are based on energy efficient chargers, environmentally-preferable materials, green production practices, recycling programs, and other factors. The top 26 phones are all made by Nokia. The Nokia C6 earned the number 1 spot.
The Mobbler team tweeted that a new version (2.10) was released today, so I made a video to show you how it looks like. Here’s a quick look at Mobbler, a Last.fm radio player for Symbian. You can listen to music depending on tags, artists, recommendations, and more. If you’re familiar with Pandora on other platforms, this app is like that but with more options.
Here’s a quick look at a Symbian app that helps me out a lot on this blog. It’s called the Best Screen Snap by Smartphoneware. Once installed, the icon just says ScreenSnap. The app lets you capture screenshots on your smartphone and save them to the phone gallery. You can then transfer it to the desktop or upload it to your imaging hosts.
Jan Ole, the developer for our favorite Twitter app on Symbian is currently testing Push notifications on Gravity. In this recent build 6698, Replies and Direct Messages pop up on screen when you receive them. They also show up at the screensaver. It looks like a nice feature to have. I’ve shot a quick video for you to see it in action.