In All About Symbian Insight number 199 we start with a discussion about the recent release of version 1.4 of Nokia Social and the additions and updates it contains. We also discuss, briefly, some of the third party options for accessing Facebook and Twitter. Steve shares news of Sisvel's recent acquisition of around 450 Nokia patents and the team consider the implications. In the last part of the podcast we revisit some of our favourite Symbian^3 devices.
AAS Insight #237: 3G fix, widgets, and themes
In our first All About Symbian Insight for 2012, number 198, we start with the news that there are now more than 11 million downloads a day from Nokia Store. Steve highlights the QtInfo utility and remarks on the improved experience of installing Qt apps on Symbian devices. The major topic this week is discussion of the availability of Symbian devices in the UK's High Street shops and the decline of Symbian in Western Europe in 2011.
In All About Symbian Insight 197, we start with a detailed discussion of two news items: the announcement of the Nokia 801T in China and the renaming of Symbian Belle to Nokia Belle. Rafe and Steve then ponder battery consumption and cellular connectivity (fast battery drain from low strength 3G signal). We also discuss the graduation of the QML version of the Nokia Store from Nokia's Beta Labs and the recent release of facinate, a third party Facebook client.
In All About Symbian Insight 196, we start with two news items: updates for Nokia Pulse and the announcement of the closure of the web interface for Ovi Contacts in January. As a follow up to Steve's editorial from last week the team then discuss the relative merits on the Nokia N8 and C7. The second half of the podcast has a Christmas theme: David, Steve and Rafe share the mobile accessory they would like to find under the Christmas tree and then ponder the possibility of doing Christmas shopping on a smartphone.
In All About Symbian Insight 195, we give our initial reaction to the Nokia statement that the Symbian Belle update for existing Symbian^3 devices is due in early 2012. Rafe and Steve discuss recent updates to the Nokia Store, which leads to a more general discussion of the beta process. We also cover Google's decision to pull the Java version of its Gmail client and Steve's recent Nokia Lumia 800/Nokia N8 camera comparison.
In All About Symbian Insight 194, we start with a brief discussion of CarrierIQ, which Nokia says is not present in any of its devices. Steve brings news of SPB's acquisition by Yandex, before David summarises his conveniently timed review of SPB Shell 3D. In the second half of the podcast we discuss NFC, which a recent report suggests will be on 50% of smartphones by 2014 and the team, before moving to talk about which design features from an older S60 devices (N86) we would like to see make a return in newer devices.
In All About Symbian Insight 193, Steve rounds-up his Nokia 701 coverage, with additional comments on font size and screen technology. Rafe says the reviews of the Nokia 500 and Nokia 603 are coming soon, as are the Symbian Belle updates for existing devices. We highlight the availability of free gifts in the Nokia store, David reports on an update to the Business Calendar application and each of the team answer the Opera question.
In All About Symbian Insight 192, Steve starts off the podcast by talking about the Q3 smartphone sales numbers from Gartner. In the main portion of the podcast, Rafe and Steve share their first thoughts on the Nokia 701, including insights into the battery, camera and screen. To finish off the podcast, David offers his thoughts on the Nokia E6 and the team share their thoughts on the future of the QWERTY form factor.
The Nokia 701 is the top model in Nokia's recently announced Symbian Belle smartphone range. It has the brightest screen of any Nokia smartphone and a similar outward appearance to the Nokia C7, but there are, as we'll see in our forthcoming review, a number of important differences. Steve's started our Nokia 701 coverage by posting some short tech pieces looking at the increased capacity battery and the improved EDoF camera. This gallery offers a visual overview of the device, ahead of our forthcoming review coverage.
In All About Symbian Insight 189, we start with the news that Ovi Suite has now officially been replaced by Nokia Suite. Steve talks about an update (v40) for the Nokia X6, David does the same for the Nokia E72 (v81). The team discuss the formal release of Nokia Maps 3.8. In the second half of the podcast we talk through some of the future technology demos that were on display at Nokia World - from flexible screens to hydrophobic nanotechnology.