So much better than traipsing across the world, enduring hours of travel and sitting in a stuffy theatre - Nokia are doing another worldwide webcast 9am tomorrow (Thursday). The subject's not officially announced but clever money is on an expansion of their mapping and navigation software systems (e.g. that in the N95) into the wider S60 world.
Warring Nations is an established turn-based strategy game for other handheld platforms - but it's now available for UIQ 3 smartphones and RPG maestro Ewan tries it out. Summary? A great and detailed RPG but not a very good fit for a multi-tasking smartphone.
Just as we're about to get our hands on the first 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 devices, Nokia go and announce S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2... In addition to ease-of-development benefits, this comes with "Usability enhancements supporting ease of use in (for example) messaging, multitasking and downloading. Feature Pack 2 also enables instant media playback during downloading and animated notification of inbound calls." More details and actual screenshots are available here on S60.com. The full Nokia press release follows....
It seems that after a gentle kick from yours truly Nokia N93 firmware updates via Nokia Software Update are finally back online after 3 months downtime. Moreover, the next-gen (masses more RAM, WLAN wizard, Search, Download!) v20.0.58 firmware is finally available, though watch out for a nasty camcorder bug. (Via Symbian Freak)
In another superb and comprehensive piece, our very own Krisse analyses the successes and (mainly) the failures of the original Nokia N-Gage, then looks at the way the new next-gen gaming platform will directly address each problem. It's all looking rosy - apart from the name! Krisse explains...
Sony Ericsson has announced, following regulatory approval, that is has completed its acquisition of UIQ Technology from Symbian. UIQ Technology will operate as a separate business subsidiary of Sony Ericsson and the UIQ software platform will remain openly available. We can expect to hear more about Sony Ericsson plans at the upcoming 3GSM conference,
NTT DoCoMo started shipping the D703i (Mitsubishi) and the F703i (Fujitsu) phones yesterday. The phones run on MOAP on Symbian and are only available on NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network in Japan. They take the total number of phone models based on Symbian OS shipping in Japan to 47 .