WhatsApp to continue support for BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10 till mid-2017

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A few months back, Facebook-owned WhatsApp decided to cease its support for the various operating system including BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40 and much more by the end of 2016. Continue reading “WhatsApp to continue support for BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10 till mid-2017”

Nokia 808 PureView Gallery and Camera update now available in India

Nokia 808 PureView Camera and Gallery update India

When it comes to keeping the promise for Software Updates, Nokia is definitely one of those few companies who complies with such promise. Nokia pushed the Gallery and Camera update as software update to its imaging super-champ Nokia 808 PureView back in March. This update is now available in India.  The update which is little more than 2MB in size has been pushed through Software Update application than as separate firmware update. Continue reading “Nokia 808 PureView Gallery and Camera update now available in India”

End of an era, Nokia 808 PureView to be the last Symbian phone

Two years later, the burning platform is officially no more. As part of its Q4 financial results, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer announced that the  Nokia 808 PureView is the last Symbian phone. Nokia managed to sell close to 2.2 million Symbian phones presumably spurred by demand for the camera powerhouse that is the 808. Continue reading “End of an era, Nokia 808 PureView to be the last Symbian phone”

Nokia Belle Refresh update now rolling out, already available for Nokia N8 in India

After a long time, finally all Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7 and Nokia Oro customers are going to rejoice. Nokia support has just posted on their Nokia Discussions support forums that they have just started rolling out the update for Symbian called Nokia Belle Refresh for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia X7 and Nokia Oro with version number 111.040.1511. Nokia E6 will have FW version number 111.140.0058. It is already available for the Nokia N8 in India. Continue reading “Nokia Belle Refresh update now rolling out, already available for Nokia N8 in India”

Symbian Belle devices getting ‘Upload to SkyDrive’ option via Software Update

Symbian Tweet reports that an optional update being pushed out for Symbian Belle devices is bringing support for uploading images to SkyDrive. Users are required to authenticate their phone by entering their Live account details after which they will be presented with an option to automatically send photos to SkyDrive.

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Nokia PureView 808 coming to the US with a $699 pricetag

Nokia has just announced that Nokia 808 PureView will be available in the US unlocked at Amazon. The pentaband phone will support AT&T 3G but T-Mobile users will be relegated to 2G speeds. The pricing has been set at $699 but there is no official word on availability.

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Nokia 808 PureView at Dolby Lounge – FICCI Frames 2012


We recently got invitation from Dolby Laboratories for their Dolby Lounge experience at FICCI Frames in Mumbai. This year’s special demonstration was Dolby Mobile and Dolby Headphone-enabled Nokia Symbian smartphones. Dolby Mobile is specifically designed for handheld and portable media devices so consumers can enjoy HD Multi Channel Surround Sound with no compromise. Continue reading “Nokia 808 PureView at Dolby Lounge — FICCI Frames 2012”

Nokia 808 Pureview hands-on impressions and more photos!

In a swift move to change the landscape of mobile photography forever, Nokia unveiled their latest camera flagship device on monday here at MWC. The intention was simple: End the Megapixel race. And end it on top. Having said that, Nokia today blew the competition out of the water by announcing the Nokia 808 Pureview, a Symbian Belle-powered, 41(!!) Megapixel device, with an obvious heavy focus on photography and videorecording. We were lucky enough to get an invite to a Q+A/hands-on session with the great people from Nokia Connects, and here’s what Nokia’s new camera flagship device is all about:

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[Thoughts] Nokia : 1 Year Later

It is one year since the day which will remain etched in every Nokia fan’s mind. As one of the most ardent Nokia fans out there , i felt obligated to pay a homage of sorts and post my thoughts on the matter. This is neither an editorial nor a rant but merely a take on the situation one year down the line.

Feb 11 2011 will go down in history as the day that a man changed the future of one of the largest companies in existence. Nokia , a company which literally defined the mobile phone and believe it or not even the smart phone industry is on the cusp of a major transition. It is still too early to proclaim whether it will be successful or not however what we do know is that it is now under the leadership of a person more in touch with consumer demands.

The ‘Elop is a Microsoft Muppet’ rant has been going on since the fateful day the announcement was made but giving it a second thought makes you realize that maybe the decision was for the better. Symbian as an OS is functionally superior to a lot of other operating systems out there but the slow as molasses update cycle has relegated it to being the butt of all jokes. The Belle update which had initially been promised for sometime in 2nd half of 2011 is finally being rolled out to existing handsets in February 2012. Even today the application ecosystem is a rather hit or miss. The situation has improved considerably after QML/Qt became the de-facto development platform for Symbian but the damage has been done. Despite having one of the largest market shares out there , there are still no official apps for extremely popular ereader services like Kindle , no apps for Pandora , a severely broken social sharing experience to state a few of the issues. Clearly developer interest has shifted. A rather horrid browsing experience , poor keyboard make it uncompetitive in the high-end. Nokia themselves know this as there is no Symbian phone currently in the high end segment which is headlined by the Windows Phone running Lumia 800.

The Nokia N9 you say ? The phone shipped 600,000 units in the last quarter according to some estimates but that is still a drop in the ocean compared to other smartphone shipments. The phone launched to rave reviews but once the honeymoon period is over , glaring issues emerge. Read this review by our friend @gosharpshooter for a better idea of what i’m pointing at. One phone does not stimulate an ecosystem and the sorry state of the N9 appstore is a testimony to that. Yes , the phone still continues to be the Qt flagship but the kind of efforts being made by Nokia and Microsoft to stimulate Windows Phone development are heartening to see. Marked by one of the largest developer device seeding efforts involving providing 25,000 free handsets to developers shows you where interests lie and the kind of commitment the companies are willing to put in to make sure they succeed.

Windows Phone gives Nokia a fighting chance for survival and being a significant player in the smartphone segment. Already it has managed to grab eyeballs in the North American market , something which Symbian failed to do in all these years. The Lumia 800 is selling like hot cakes with the 710 rounding up the lower end. The Lumia 900 is expected to be a major hit as well. Coupled with the promise of future handsets with further differentiating features like superior camera , optics and services like Nokia Music , the future looks bright for Nokia + Windows Phone. I have been using a Lumia 800 for the past few months and can say that i am a very satisfied customer. Yes , i still cling to my Nokia N8 but that is really more for the nostalgia than any actual productivity.

One year later , i am happy with the decision that Elop took. One year later , i would say that the company is in a better position to succeed than it would’ve been if it had decided to go with MeeGo or Symbian (makes me shudder to even consider that possibility). Nokia has its work cut out for it. If the information leaking about Windows 8 ‘Apollo’ is accurate , we are looking at a very powerful and modern OS with a vibrant developer community towards Q4 of this year. 2011 has been a rocky year for our favorite mobile phone manufacturer but as they say , things can only improve once you reach rock bottom. Lets take a look in another year and see where Nokia stands.

New Firmware update (FW 025.007) for Nokia N8 in India (Symbian Anna)

We have just received the new FW 025.007 to our Nokia N8 Dark Grey. Nokia N8 in India has already received Symbian Anna FW 022 and now this new firmware is more towards bug fixing and improving performance of the Nokia N8. Continue reading “New Firmware update (FW 025.007) for Nokia N8 in India (Symbian Anna)”

Kik Messenger Introduces New Symbian, Windows Phone Apps At Nokia World

The cross platform messenger service Kik today launched its Symbian and updated Windows Phone apps at the Nokia World conference in London. The messenger competes with the likes of WhatsApp and is also  available on iOS , Android and Blackberry platforms. With the new Symbian app Kik Messenger users should be able to communicate regardless of platform of choice.

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The Road To Nokia World 2011 Part 2: Why Symbian And Meego Still Matter

Nokia World 2011 is scheduled for next week in London and it is undoubtedly the most hyped and the most important event in recent Nokia history. Throughout this week, FoneArena will take a look at expectations, realities and myths related to this particular year, in preparation for the big reveals that will come on October 26th and 27th. Join us in this journey, comment, share your thoughts, and feel with us the excitement as the big days approach!


If you happened to read some of the Nokia N9 reviews blossoming online as of late, you might have noticed that there is a general consensus from those who weren’t historically known for being gentle with the Finnish manufacturer, that the N9 is a wonderful marvel but that they wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Well, at least the opinion is not 100% negative anymore, which is always a step forward from pure hatred, huh? And although I have yet to get my hands on an N9, this has been my own opinion for quite a while. Continue reading “The Road To Nokia World 2011 Part 2: Why Symbian And Meego Still Matter”

The Road To Nokia World 2011 Part 1: The Need For A Clear Future

Nokia World 2011 is scheduled for next week in London and it is undoubtedly the most hyped and the most important event in recent Nokia history. Throughout this week, FoneArena will take a look at expectations, realities and myths related to this particular year, in preparation for the big reveals that will come on October 26th and 27th. Join us in this journey, comment, share your thoughts, and feel with us the excitement as the big days approach!


One clear truth that everyone knows, regarding Nokia World 2011, is that it might be the event that makes or breaks Nokia’s future. I say “might” because there are many stories of companies sunk thousands times deeper and gone way beyond salvaging that still managed to reinvent and re-institute themselves. However nowadays, the world, especially the tech world, is less forgiving with each passing day. Hence I say “it might”, understanding the possibility of miracles, yet hoping it won’t come down to that. Continue reading “The Road To Nokia World 2011 Part 1: The Need For A Clear Future”

Nokia 603 announced , Symbian Belle on board

Nokia just announced its next Symbian Belle device ie the Nokia 603. The phone joins the ever increasing family of Symbian Belle devices and is powered by a 1Ghz processor. The 603 comes in a range of exciting colors. The screen is a 3.5″ Clear Black Display panel which should ensure great visibility even in sunlight.

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Nokia 603 with Symbian Belle Leaked

Nokia is all set to announce the first Windows Phone devices at Nokia World. But it seems that they will also be releasing a Symbian handset. The phone in the picture above is the Nokia 603 which runs on Symbian Belle.

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