Nokia are just about to open their flagship store in the USA, complete with huge LCD and LED panels and hands-on time with cutting edge S60 devices. And the folks from Engadget Mobile were there with a camera - their report is well worth a look, to see what Nokia are doing in the USA.
It's that time of the month again. I've updated the all-encompassing Grid again, this time with tweaked figures for the E61 and an all-new entry, the Nokia N80. Enter your preferences and let the Grid calculate the right device for you... Why not post the results in the Comments here?
Blaze, one of the leading mobile game publishers, has announced a high profile sequel to Lock 'n' Load, it's first person shoot-em-up. Lock ‘n Load 2 for S60 3rd Edition and UIQ 3 (as well as some older platforms) is set in fully rendered 3D environments and you can find both Nokia N80 high-resolution screenshots and the press release below.
Ever wondered about the RAM situation on your 3rd Edition smartphone? Fancy taking a peek into the world of processes, application capabilities and operating system data files? If this is you, then you'll be interested in my review of Best TaskMan, here trialled on the Nokia E61.
No, not the technology, this is the Podcasting application that Nokia has released as a free beta for all 3rd Edition smartphones. If there's anyone around here who knows a bit about podcasting then it's our own Ewan. Here's his review.
According to an interview on Gamasutra, Nokia is planning to launch its next generation of games across its latest S60 smartphone range in the Spring of 2007, and a number of "gaming-oriented" smartphone models will also be made available later, possibly in 2008. The gaming models would still be S60 smartphones, as the original N-Gage was, but they would have landscape screens and hardware accelerated graphics. The fate of the N-Gage name is unclear however.
It's true that I've only had the Nokia E61 for a couple of weeks, but I've had a first stab at an E61 Tips page over on 3-Lib. If you've found any handy shortcuts or tips, please add them in Comments. Rafe will be along soon with a more advanced E61 tips round-up here on AAS.
Steve's been busy worrying about his 'secret stuff' and where to keep it all. And (much as Rafe and I in the past have also done), he's turned to Epocware's Handy Safe. His review of the latest S60 version goes into more detail on why this PC and mobile-based system is one of the best around.
Nokia have released a beta version of their new Podcasting application for the Nokia N91 (it also works on other S60 3rd Edition handsets). It allows you to search for, browse directories of, subscribe to and download podcasts (i.e. it's a podcatcher). Podcasting is the provision of episodic multimedia content via RSS feeds (usually audio or video). Read on for screenshots and further details.
Shape Services have released a S60 3rd Edition version of their IM+ instant messaging program. IM+ allows you to access ICQ, AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber and Google Talk IM services on your phone. Features include chat message history, auto away and file swapping/upload.
Over at 3-Lib, I've updated and reworked my comprehensive comparison of all S60 phones, past and present. A quick way to check on device specs, a handy bookmark in your browser and a nostalgia fix for smartphones of old...
That's right, it can only be... SlovoEd, that scourgeXXXXX err... centrepiece of Symbian OS software listings, is now available for all S60 3rd Edition devices. SlovoEd is a dictionary engine and there around 100 different language-to-language variants.
Mobipocket is now available for Symbian 9.1 devices (both S60 3rd Edition and UIQ 3). Mobipocket is a free eBook reader that enables the reading of both text based eBook files (such as TXT and Palm DOC formats) and Mobipocket DRM format eBook files. The Mobipocket reader includes features such as auto scrolling, full screen view, purchase books on device, annotations and more. A must have piece of software for all devices.