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Global updates coming to Symbian 5 and Symbian 3.2

Good news for those who use Nokia phones running on Symbian 5 or Symbian 3.2 – an update is coming to these mobile phones according to Nokia.

It seems that Nokia hasn’t forgotten its Symbian users in spite of the Windows Phone direction that they are now talking. To give you an idea, Symbian 3.2 based Nokia phones include the Nokia E72, E52, E5, C5-00 and the Nokia 6700 slide.

Symbian 5.0 Nokia phones included in the update are the Nokia C6-00, C5-03, 5230, Nokia 5235, 5250, X6, N97 mini, 5530 XpressMusic and my beloved Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

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Nokia launches “Create for Millions” global competition

Nokia has launched today the Create for Millions challenge. The global competition is a two pronged competition aimed at both the consumer and developer of mobile apps.

On one side, consumers are encouraged to join by submitting app ideas that would run on Nokia’s Series 40 mobile phones. Winning entries may see their ideas become real apps at Nokia World and meet the developers who created them. The trip to Nokia World will be free and paid for by Nokia.

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Nokia N9 announced as first Meego phone

Meego, an open mobile platform jointly developed by Nokia and Intel, is getting its first mobile phone in the form of the Nokia N9. With the unique “no front buttons” design of the Nokia N9, swipe gestures is the focus of the Meego design. From navigating the three home screens (notifications, main screen, running apps) to switching and accessing mobile apps, the Meego design lets users do things with a simple swipe.

The Nokia N9 is made of a single piece of polycarbonate that has been machine precisioned and seamlessly integrated with a curved glass. The 3.9-inch AMOLED screen is made from scratch-resistant curved glass. The N9 is equipped with an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus camera with a wide-angle lens. It is capable of capturing HD-quality video capture and the large lens aperture provides great pictures even in lowlighting conditions. The Nokia N9 is also the world’s first smartphone with Dolby® Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology.

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Nokia ships first Symbian Anna phones – E6 and X7

Nokia has announced that it is now shipping the Nokia E6 and Nokia X7 phones. These phones come loaded with Nokia’s latest Symbian Anna mobile operating system. According to Nokia, the X7 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, China, India and other Asia/Pacific countries, while the E6 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, as well as the Middle East and Africa — looks like no X7 for China and India.

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Nokia Oro premium Symbian phone launched

Nokia is launching today a new phone called Nokia Oro which uses such materials as 18-carat gold plating, sapphire crystal and leather. The Symbian Anna powered mobile phone offers the same hardware specs as the latest generation of Nokia phones. It has a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording. It also has a pentaband radio which essentially allows you to use it in almost any part of the world.

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Nokia publishes OVI store statistics

In an effort to entice more developers in creating mobile apps for Nokia mobile phones, Nokia has published statistics about its OVI online app store. Nokia is the global market leader in terms of mobile phone sales. Over the past several years Nokia has been pushing to concentrate more on online services for its users. Mobile apps is a key ingredient to maintaining market leadership in the burgeoning smartphone market and in order to get apps it needs the help of mobile developers.

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Mismanagement: The reason for Nokia’s lackluster performance?

Nokia’s performance as a global mobile leader has been going under fire these days. Recently, Rick Cadden, the founder of the Symbian Guru web site has decided to stop updating the site out of frustration. Rick decided to buy an Android based Nexus One. Nokia’s Symbian platform hasn’t been evolving up to speed in comparison to it’s competitors like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. A Twitter conversation between Eldar Murtazin and Jan Ole Suhr thinks mismanagement may be the reason for Nokia’s problems.

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