Following up the release last week of Dance Fabulous, Nokia and the N-Gage team are offering a 30 day licence on top of the usual free downloadable demo. This will give you the full game, with no playing restrictions. At the end of the 30 days, you can purchase the game in full if you're still getting your kicks from dancing along to your own music collection! Grab your pass at the Dance Fabulous N-Gage site.
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A three way cross between a painting package, Minesweeper and Sudoku, Picross combines number logic with spatial skills to create a unique (though reasonably well known) puzzle. Picross Mobile is a conversion for phones and currently sits pretty in the Ovi Store, here's Ewan's review.
AMF Bowling: Pinbusters, a third party games, is out now on the N-Gage platform. It's a ten pin bowling game with various playing modes and 12 characters, each with signature moves. The game also has the ability to post scores to an online leaderboard. To get the game, open your phone's N-Gage application, go to the Showroom tab, select "Options" and then "Update Now".
In All About Symbian Insight 75 (AAS Podcast 135) Steve, Ewan and Rafe discuss the release of the Nokia E72 and 5530 XpressMusic. There's also discussion of the latest Ovi Maps for mobile release, updates fro Rest Generation and early reaction to the N97. The podcast concludes with Rafe sharing his first impressions of the Nokia N86. You can listen to AAS Insight 75 here or, if you wish to subscribe, here's the RSS feed.
I can feel the onslaught of accusations of bias already - but I don't care. In this feature, I present a hands-on head to head of the Nokia N97 and HTC Touch Pro 2, two tilt-screened qwerty smartphones with almost identical form factor. In theory a good match for each other, in practice the fight turns into a runaway rout, as you'll see. Summary: the N97 is imperfect. The Touch Pro 2 is so far short of perfect that it has disappeared over the horizon....
Ewan Spence trials the official Orange Nokia 5800 'Comes with Music' package - how well does CwM work, what exactly is included and what are the gotchas? From missing tracks to catalogue inconsistencies to DRM frustrations, it's clear that CwM has a long way to go, but Ewan still reckons that Nokia deserve credit for getting this far and that the mass market will enjoy the experience.
Nokia's Point and Find portal, where you can point your smartphone's camera at contents (such as movie posters or adverts, bar-codes, or any custom artwork) in the real world and be taken to a relevant URL in your browser, is now allowing you to upload your own media and tag it, so you can “Create your Own Experience,” in the words of the blog post.
After ditching the notion that a perfect mobile phone can exist and lugging around a slew of devices, can the new N97 finally convince guest writer Justin Berkovi that the perfect phone DOES exist? In light of the Palm ‘Pre’ and new iPhone 3GS how does the N97 match up?
As mobile phone sales have exploded and handset prices have tumbled, even people in the poorest parts of the world usually either own a mobile phone or have easy access to one in their community. The latest estimates from CGAP suggest that by 2012 there will be 1.7 billion people who have access to a mobile network but not a physical bank, and that the developing world's mobile banking sector may be worth US$5 billion by then. Could banking be the way forward for network operators who don't just want to be "dumb pipes"? And could this be a key weapon in the war against poverty?
Dev Week is back after a couple of week’s absence and I hope to keep it truly weekly from now on (despite the best attempts of Telecom New Zealand to deprive me of an internet connection). This week: getting started with the widget development tools, changes in FleaC licensing, and a new API for haptics.
Nokia's next-gen Photo Browser utility has just received a big update, adding faster operation, easier access to the menu, folder sorting, send functionality and image rotation. This release is for all S60 devices, but future updates will be focussed on S60 5th Edition and touch-screen phones. Via Nokia Beta Labs.
Nokia today announced the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, a music-focused, touchscreen phone running S60 5th Edition. It will be available from Q3 2009 at a cost of €200. It has 2.9 inch (640 x 360) touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, accelerometer, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio and will ship with a 4 GB memory card. The homescreen features a 20 person contact thumbnails carousel with communication and conversation history just a touch away. The drop down media bar gives fast access to key phone functionality including music, photos, video, web and share. Effectively the 5530 is a cut down version of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic with a smaller screen, no 3G connectivity, and no GPS. Read on for more.
Today, at the Nokia Connections Event in Singapore, Nokia announced its latest Eseries device - the Nokia E72. This is an updated version of the Nokia E71, which was launched a year ago. The Nokia E72 has an updated version of S60 (3rd Edition Feature Pack 2) and improved messaging software suite. There are a number of small hardware changes, including a camera upgrade to 5.0 megapixels, a tweaked keyboard layout, an Optical Navi Key (trackpad) in the centre of the D-pad, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The E72 will be available from Q3 2009 at a cost of €350 (before taxes and subsidies). Read on for more.
ZOMGitsCJ.com is reporting that the Nokia N79 has received a firmware update to v30.011 which apparently includes improved stability and tighter Ovi integration. The update should be available OTA (type *#0000# on the standby screen) or through the Nokia Software Updater application.
Gameloft's rather good people simulator and adventure game Paris Nights has been reviewed by Ovi Gaming, and we've also added lots of screenshots as well as a ten minute gameplay video. It might not have the best graphics in the world but it's fun, it's got a fairly grown-up feel to it, there's an interesting plot and it only costs three euros from Ovi Store.