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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 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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Windows 7 / Symbian dual boot Fujitsu phone

The Japanese never ceases to amaze me. Imagine Fujitsu creating a mobile phone for NTT Docomo that actually dual boots the Windows 7 OS and Symbian. The LOOX from Fujitsu has pretty amazing specs to. For starters it uses the Intel Atom and has a 4-inch 1024×600 resolution complete with a slide-out keyboard. The thing could be pretty useful in cases where you need to do a quick editing of your MS Office documents.

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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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Symbian Guru will become Android Guru?

I myself have been a Nokia / Symbian mobile phone user for quite a while now. This last couple of years, I’m getting impatient with the way Nokia and Symbian with the way they are coming up with next evolution of mobile phones. Symbian’s touch OS, the Symbian v5,  is failing big time in terms of usability and user experience. Nokia’s Symbian flagship phone runs on meager 400+ Mhz. But I’m still hoping things will turn around for the world’s leader in terms of global market share — hopefully soon.

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Sync Nokia Phones with iTunes music and iPhoto on Mac OS X

After having been able to sync my Contacts with my Mac notebook using iSync, I was surprised that I could actually also sync the music on my Symbian based Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic mobile phone with my iTunes music library in Mac OSX. Being a long time Linux user, I had always find it easy to sync my phone’s music files with Ubuntu’s Rhythmbox. It’s was just a matter of being able to mount my Nokia mobile phone as a USB storage device in Ubuntu.

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Nokia’s Symbian delivers opensource goodness four months early

In June of 2008, Nokia has announced that it is acquiring full ownership of Symbian to make the operating system open source. Symbian a leading mobile phone operating system in the world is used not only by Nokia mobile phones but by other phone manufacturers such as Samsung, Sharp, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Sendo and Sony Ericsson. The decision to take the open source route is one of the biggest if not the biggest open source conversion project. It was a bold move on the part of Nokia. I could just imagine the amount of license agreements that needs to be ironed out in order to open source all of the source code in the mobile operating system.

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