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Nokia posts 'major' Sym... er... smartphone OS update

Nokia may be obsessed with Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, but that hasn't stopped it rolling out the latest version of its other OS, Belle, to a seven handsets. Step forward owners of Nokia N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7 and Oro phones, you can now download Symbian - no, don't mention the 'S' word... - Nokia Belle for your gadget. …
Tony Smith, 7 Feb 2012
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Android dominates first-time smartphone buyer biz

Punters picking their first smartphone are more likely to select an Android handset. When they come to upgrade, however, there's a good chance they'll defect to the opposition. So suggests market data from US research company NPD, released today. NPD looked at sales data for Q4 2011, focusing not simply on the number of …
Tony Smith, 6 Feb 2012
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Nokia pours oil on burning Symbian

Exclusive Nokia is said to be hastening the demise of its legacy Symbian platform, cancelling the development of all but one new Symbian-based device. Although Nokia Belle updates will continue to ship to existing customers, only one new model – a successor to the N8 high-end camera phone – will reach the market, the Register understands …
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Small pile of cash, dying platform: 2011 is bad news for Nokia

Nokia's results for 2011 show the company has shipped a million Lumia handsets and has cash in the bank, but other than that there's nothing good to report. The results (PDF, dull, dull, dull) show last year's operating profit of €2,070m turned into a loss of €1,073m, based on sales which were down almost 10 per cent compared …
Bill Ray, 26 Jan 2012
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Nokia posts car-to-phone comms app

The Connected Car Consortium's MirrorLink technology - it allows an compatible in-car entertainment system to show what's on your phone's screen and control the handset over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB - is now available to folk with Symbian Belle devices. Nokia Car Mode app screenshot Nokia today posted an 18-quid app, Nokia …
Hard Reg, 4 Jan 2012
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How Apple won the West (and lost the world)

Open ... and Shut The spread of high-end smart phones throughout the rich, developed world is largely made possible by expensive data plans. Such plans enable carriers to subsidise expensive iPhones and Android devices, to the point that even a big swath of teenagers in the Western world can realistically plan to buy iPhones and iPads. Small …
Matt Asay, 3 Jan 2012
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Nokia rests Symbian's future on a bunch of muppets

Nokia has released two interactive books documenting the happy-go-lucky lives of Sesame Street's residents, while apparently failing to notice that it has no tablet computers and has given up on Symbian. The free titles, 100th Day of School and Big Block Party, are in the Ovi* store, but only for Symbian^3 handsets. Most of …
Bill Ray, 3 Jan 2012

2011: annus horribilis for Microsoft and RIM

It's hard to know who has had a worse 2011. Microsoft, because during the first ten months of the year, its old OS outsold its new one? Or RIM, because its market share has more than halved during the same period? Both numbers, centred on the US smartphone biz, come from local market watcher NPD. Its figures, for January …
Tony Smith, 13 Dec 2011
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Symbian users: Prove you exist with NFC Foursquare check-ins

Symbian users who like to check in to Foursquare, but hate having to run the application, can now just tap their handset to let the world know where they are. Checking in to locations using Near Field Communications is already possible using Android handsets, applications exist for Google Places as well as the industry-pioneer …
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2011

Nokia to flood emerging markets with budget blowers

Before unleashing its Windows Phone range on the world, Nokia first unveiled the Asha collection, a Series 40 line of low-end handsets. The Nokia Asha 200, 201, 300 and 303 are designed to get users in developing countries connected to the web. Looking at Nokia's new numerical naming system, it's easy to see where these guys …
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2011

Nokia's NFC-stocked Symbian smartphone surfaces

Nokia has brightened up its Symbian range with the introduction of a NFC smartphone that shouldn't put much of a dent in your wallet. The Nokia 603 - the company's latest Symbian Belle-powered handset - features a 1GHz processor, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity. There's also a 3.5in, 640 x 360 touchscreen and a 5Mp camera …
Caleb Cox, 13 Oct 2011
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Nokia punts cheapo NFC dev kit

Desperate to spur interest in Near Field Communications, Nokia is flogging an NFC development kit with a C7 and two dozen tags for €180, or about half the cost of a C7. It's not for everyone: the company was keen to remind us that the offer is only open to members of the Nokia Developer Launchpad programme. Membership of that …
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011
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Microsoft emits WinPhone seduction pack

Microsoft has provided a selection of guides showing how easy it can be to code for Windows Phone, including API maps and help with porting existing Qt applications. The free tool pack follows similar efforts to seduce iOS and Android developers, though none are as generous as the free handset offer that Microsoft's Brandon …
Bill Ray, 21 Sep 2011
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Nokia accidentally unveils OS it should have had in 2009

Nokia is expected to unveil the a major refresh of its Symbian OS today, bringing it bang up to date with competitive phones from two years ago. Owners of more recent Symbian^3 models should be able to update their handsets eventually. Nokia unveiled a teaser for a mystery announcement of "something new for Symbian" on Monday …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2011
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Networks, handset makers vie for mobile dominance

WebOS is all but dead, and died without apparently leaving a gap for its competitors to fill, but the bloodbath of mobile platforms isn't over despite the clearing field. LiPS, LiMo, Moblin, Maemo and MeeGo are all dead or dying, while Symbian fights on like some jungle soldier who has not been told of the surrender. Access is …
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2011
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HP's WebOS mess: When smartphone assets go toxic

On Tuesday, HP was talking to the Wall Street Journal about putting WebOS in stoves, fridges and cars. By Thursday, HP didn't even want to put WebOS into smartphones and tablets. The platform has been cast adrift just a year after HP completed its $1.2bn purchase of Palm. While it works out what to do with WebOS, HP is canning …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2011
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Symbian Anna makes her debut

Owners of the latest Nokia phones can now update to Symbian Anna, assuming their operators permit it, but having caught a glimpse of her younger sister they might not be impressed. Anna was announced back in April, and has been available to developers for a while, but can now be installed on N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 handsets. It …
Bill Ray, 18 Aug 2011
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Nokia invigorates old Symbians with Anna

Nokia's latest mobile OS, Symbian Anna, is already appearing on new handsets, but today the Finnish phone giant launched an update to bring owners of various other models up to scratch too. Available for N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 users, the patch packs a fresh UI, portrait-aligned Qwerty keypad, split-screen messaging and, where …
Caleb Cox, 18 Aug 2011

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