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New Symbian (and Meego) applications not allowed in the Nokia Store from Jan 1st

We knew this day would come, but didn't think it would happen so soon. After January 1st, 2014, Nokia is no longer accepting either new applications or updates for existing apps into the Nokia Store. The email, sent out to all developers today, is quoted below, but my first impression is that the refusal to allow app updates is something of a contravention of Nokia's stated intent to "support Symbian until 2016". After all, without the facility to update apps to maintain compatibility with the wider world and to respond to security issues and bugs, the Symbian ecosystem is rather left in the lurch.

# Posted by Steve in Software, Miscellaneous, Industry, Editorial Thoughts at 18:41 UTC, Oct 4th || Comments
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Major update to cuteTube, adds Vimeo and cross-service searching

Available today is a major update, v1.7.3, to one of the biggest applications in the Symbian (and Meego) worlds - cuteTube, the YouTube (and other video services) client. The full changelogs are listed below, but the highlights are full support for Vimeo, a new 'quick search' box, and a truck load of performance improvements and fixes.

# Posted by Steve in Software at 13:50 UTC, Jun 4th || Comments
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Official N9 Twitter client gets an update

Just a quick note that the Twitter client built into the Nokia N9 has had an official update pushed to it. There's no official changelog, but I'd guess on compatibility fixes after Twitter's well publicised change in authorisation and APIs. To check your N9, go into Settings>Applications>Manage applications and then tap on the right hand update tab. Screen proof below.

# Posted by Steve in Software at 13:30 UTC, Mar 25th || Comments
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Notekeeper brings Evernote to Meego and the N9

Notekeeper was the slick, Qt-written application that stepped into the Evernote-shaped hole in the Symbian OS ecosystem and it's now available for the Nokia N9 and Meego too. Version 2.0 has the same capabilities as the Symbian app, plus extra N9-related note creation functions.

# Posted by Steve in Software at 8:59 UTC, Jan 11th || Comments
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Alvin's month with the Nokia N9

What a great, detailed and 100% honest write up of the Nokia N9 as it stands today (PR 1.3, etc.) in today's 2013 world - Alvin Wong here writes up how he's got on with trying to use it as his main smartphone for a month. There are plenty of disappointments and successes, detailed with hyperlinks to software workarounds, and I can't recommend this article enough. Most tellingly of all, coming to the same conclusion as me, Alvin confesses that part of him has fallen in love with the device, despite its many flaws....

# Posted by Steve in Software, Hardware, Links of Interest at 8:36 UTC, Jan 6th || Comments
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Nokia Q1 2012 Results - losses all round, CEO recognises a 'clear sense of urgency'

Following last week's profits warning, Nokia has released its formal Q1 2012 Results, reporting a non-IFRS loss of EUR 260 million, on net sales of EUR 7.3 billion (down 29% YoY). Nokia's 'Devices and Services' division's loss was EUR 127 million, compared to a profit of EUR 292 million in Q4 2011).  Total smartphone device sales were 11.9 million, compared with 24.2 million units in Q1 2011 (down 51% YoY) and 19.6 million units in Q4 2011 (down 39%, QoQ). Gross profit margins on smartphones in Q1 were 15.6% (down from 28.9% YoY). Quotes and comments below.

# Posted by Steve, David in Miscellaneous, Industry at 10:30 UTC, Apr 19th || Comments
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Nokia releases API map for porting apps to Qt

Nokia has published a great resource for mobile developers who are interested in transferring their skills to Symbian apps via the Qt framework. The Nokia Developer website has published three guides for finding the Qt equivalent of API calls for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7. It has come late in Symbian’s life, but it is just what the developer world needed to reduce the friction in developing for this not-so-dead platform.

# Posted by David in Developer at 20:21 UTC, Feb 9th || Comments
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Nokia plans changes to its manufacturing operations

Nokia has announced planned changes at its factories in Komarom (Hungary), Reynosa (Mexico) and Salo (Finland), to "increase efficiency in smartphone production". These three factories will now focus on "smartphone product customization" and device assembly is expected to be transferred to Nokia factories in Asia, where the majority of component suppliers are based. Around 4000 employees will ultimately be lost.

# Posted by Steve in Miscellaneous, Industry at 9:57 UTC, Feb 8th || Comments
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A day (still) made of glass!

Corning, the company behind the Gorilla Glass in our smartphones, has produced another of its inspirational 'here's the future' videos and, as with the original one, it's well worth watching. There are two versions of the video, actually, I've embedded the expanded one below, complete with video guide to all the (probable) tech used. Seems like touchscreens really are the new buttons? [PS. Watch out for the medical sequence - it's something we're used to seeing only in Sci-fi]

# Posted by Steve in Links of Interest at 8:36 UTC, Feb 4th || Comments
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The Proporta charger hits 7000mAh

Anecdotally, the Proporta chargers have been hugely popular amongst my Phones Show viewership and 'All About' readers generally - and there's a new monster version now available, clocking in at a stunning 7000mAh. The Turbocharger 7000 has two USB output ports as usual, along with a facelifted exterior, weighs only 175g, and comes with charging heads for all major phone and gadget ports and a carrying case. Watch this space for a full review.

# Posted by Steve in Hardware, Miscellaneous, Links of Interest at 10:47 UTC, Nov 29th || Comments
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