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[Update – Now Available] New N86 v30 Firmware Coming by The Weekend

[Update – The v30.009 N86 firmware is now available via the Nokia Software Updater as well as over the air. an OTA update option should follow soon].

If you are one of the few people who bought the N86, there is good news. A new v30 firmware will be making its way to your devices by the weekend if everything goes well inside of Nokia. I said ‘few people’ because the N86 was one of the best Nseries devic es that Nokia made, yet they failed to market it well.

New N86 v30 Firmware Coming by The Weekend

I hardly saw any advertising or promotion and this a pretty fine handset didn’t reach the heights it should have. I have a N86 and I love it. Anyway, back to the firmware, there is no changelog yet, but we know that v30 is a maintenance release with no new functionality as such. In addition to bug fixing and performance enhancements around the system, we will see updated Maps software with the ability to share location and improvements to messaging performance.

[via: NU]

Nokia C3 – Specifications, Pictures & Video

Nokia has just announced the C3, the first Series 40 QWERTY device that is ‘designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world’.

Nokia C3 - Specifications, Pictures & Video

The key message is Nokia’s announcement today was affordability, so they expect to sell these by the truckloads. Expect the C3 in golden white, slate grey and hot pink once Q2 is here, EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies.

Here are the complete specifications:

Nokia C3 Specifications

Messaging On The Nokia C3:

Nokia Unveils The E5, C3 & C6

At the Everyone Connect virtual event, Nokia has just announced three new devices, the a new Eseries in the form of E5, and two Cseries devices, the C3 and C6.

[Update]

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has announced three new handsets – the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 – designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world, at affordable prices. These new handsets feature full QWERTY keyboards, and enable access to a range of different email accounts, IM communities and social networks.

“Our messaging device range is very successful,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Head of Markets. “Services that provide easy access to the world’s consumer and corporate email and instant messaging are really popular on our QWERTY smartphones such as the Nokia E71 and Nokia E63. People want the best messaging and social networking experience on an affordable device, whether it’s sending a simple text or instant message, an email, or a direct message from their Twitter account. The Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 are made for just that.”

The Nokia C3 is the first device to bring a full QWERTY keyboard to the world’s most popular mobile phone platform – Series 40 – and is the first in the range to enable access to social networks directly on the homescreen. People can view, comment, update their status and share pictures to their favorite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

At an estimated price of EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C3 also comes with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat, meaning first time users can set up email and chat accounts straight from the device, without the need for a PC. Other notable features are the Wi-Fi connectivity, a two megapixel camera, rich color 2.4 inch screen and support for up to an 8GB memory card. The Nokia C3 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 in a variety of appealing colors, including golden white, slate grey and hot pink.

The Nokia C6 is a Symbian-based smartphone combining the benefits of a 3.2 inch touch screen with a full slide out keyboard. The large screen provides a great Internet experience, as well as offering access to Facebook feeds directly on the homescreen. A full suite of email and social networking capabilities means the Nokia C6 is perfect for people who want to stay up to date while on the go.

Expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of EUR 220, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C6 has an impressive feature set including a high quality five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. In addition, thousands of apps – from games and videos to news aggregators and web services – are available in the Ovi Store.

Rounding off the trio is the latest addition to the Nokia Eseries range, the Nokia E5. Designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives, the Symbian-based Nokia E5 follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. The Nokia E5 combines high quality business features with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone.

The Nokia E5 is perfect for managing busy schedules with a variety of productivity applications available in the Ovi Store. And with direct access to over 90 percent of the world’s corporate email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, it’s easy to keep in contact from anywhere.

Estimated price of the Nokia E5 is EUR 180, before taxes and subsidies, with expected availability in the third quarter of 2010.

Nokia’s New Messaging Solutions To Debut Hours From Now – April 13, 0900 Hrs GMT

The events.nokia.com page is counting down to – Everyone Connect. What it signifies is anyone’s guess, but what is certain is that the mystery will be revealed just hours from now. Its been ages since Nokia has announced a device and as much as all of us would want to see them do just that, I have a feeling this one will be services focussed, messaging specifically.

I’ve also received an invitation to this event from the good people at WOM World Nokia, as always you can also join in at events.nokia.com/everyoneconnect/. What is interesting about the invite is the “PS: Hold on to the invite ;)”.

Nokia Everyone Connect

If you look at the back of the invite, you will notice a bubble that is usually used to demonstrate chats and conversations. Another clue that Nokia hid in the counter was the follow imagine which again talks about messaging.

Nokia Everyone Connect - Hidden Message

In an event so ‘messaging’ branded, I am almost certain the much rumored N8 will not make an appearance. It is just not a messaging device. The last time Nokia held such an event, they announced that Ovi Maps navigation was going free, what will it be this time?

We Are Giving Away THREE Nokia N900’s!

Two days ago I asked you on Twitter, ‘If you were able to buy any Nokia device in the market today, what would it be?’. The answer was an overwhelming vote for the N900!

Turns out, that it is contest time here on The Symbian Blog and we are giving you a chance to win not one, not two but 3 Nokia N900’s! If you haven’t have had a chance to play with a N900 yet, I can tell you that it is an amazing device that you will thoroughly enjoy, I bought one the moment I played with my review unit.

[Update – You have until 11:59 PM IST on the 23rd of April to get your entries in.]

Now back to the contest, here is how to enter:

Here Is Your Chance To Win 3 Nokia N900's

Once you do that you will have three avenues to win:

  • First: Simply tell us what you think of the application – things you like and things you would like to see improved. The top review judged on criteria such as value and merit will be awarded a Nokia N900. Over.
  • Second: Share your Ovi Store experience with us along with what you think would make the Ovi Store perfect. Over.
  • Third: You need to do nothing for this one. Once you have downloaded the Hi-N-Bye application from the Ovi Store, simply enter your name in the comments section below and at the end of the contest, we will choose one lucky winner based on a random draw.

About Hi-N-Bye:

Hi-N-Bye is a motion controlled accelerometer based application that recognizes hand gestures and eliminates the need of using physical buttons to complete tasks such as answering a call, switching on the loudspeaker, switching between calls and terminating them.

When your phone rings, you can simply look at who is calling and simply put the phone to your ear without pressing a button and the call will be automatically answered. If you are wondering how this works, the following video should help:

Hi-N-Bye is currently 3€ (4$, 2.6£ or 175 INR) at the Ovi Store and has been tested on N82, N95, N96, 5800, N97, N97 mini and the X6, but should work on similar devices as well.

RULES:

  • The contest is open to everyone, irrespective of geographic location.
  • Only one entry per person, however you can enter in all three categories if you wish.
  • The last date for submitting your entries for the first two categories is the 18th of April.
  • The last date for entering the lucky draw (third category) is the 23rd of April (11:59 PM IST).
  • You can enter the first and second categories by writing a comment below. If you have a blog, you can also write a post with your opinion and then link to this post.
  • Downloading the Hi-N-Bye application from the Ovi Store is mandatory for entering this contest.
  • The decision of the organisers is final and no queries will be entertained with regard to the selection process. More fine print here.
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Nokia Music Becomes DRM Free – Turns Into Ovi Music In The Process

I have just received an awesome email from the Nokia India Music store with the much awaited news that Nokia Music is finally going DRM free and that it will soon merge into the Ovi brand. The email carries no specific date for the transition to occur, we can only hope it happens soon.

DRM free means that you can use the music you downloaded from the Nokia store on any device, be it your computer, mobile phone or mp3 player. After Ovi Maps going free, Nokia saw a lot of traction for the service. Will going DRM free do the same for ‘Ovi Music’? Time will tell.

Nokia is turning things around! This development also means that we should soon see Ovi Music support Macs and move away from the IE only interface, something that will make me and many others people happy.

Nokia Music will soon become Ovi Music. This means all the tracks you download will be DRM-free, MP3 files that you can now play on a PC, Mac or any personal music player! Plus, as part of the change to Ovi, we’ve enhanced our search capability so it’s easier than ever to find the music you want.
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What you need to do:
Absolutely nothing. We will create a Nokia Account for you and send you an email when we become Ovi music. Until then, try to avoid changing any of your Nokia Music account details such as password, email address and mobile number.

As part of the move to Ovi Music we will be creating a Nokia Account for you. If you do not wish to use Ovi Music and no longer wish to have a Nokia Account you can email us in next 5 days. By using these services, you accept the Ovi Music TermsOvi Service Terms and the Privacy Policy. You may not use the services if you don’t accept the terms.