Ovi Maps Graduates From Beta Labs With New Features | Symbian-Guru.com

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Nokia has been betting big on its Ovi Maps with free navigation, letting us know in a blog post this morning that it has been downloaded over 10 million times in the past 3 months, which is quite an achievement. The team has released an update today that supposedly makes Ovi Maps faster, better, and more personal.

The team has incorporated WiFi positioning, so that if you’re in range of a hotspot, Ovi Maps will find you even faster, and they did some tinkering with the graphics functions, too. You should see a marked improvement in the zooming speed, as well as other map movements.

Ovi Maps is also working on their POI database, which is completely embarrassing, at least in my area of the United States. They’re working with a bunch of different companies to improve this, including Navteq (which Nokia owns), Lonely Planet, Michelin, and local Yellow pages. They’ve also incorporated Qype for Europeans, which is apparently a rather big deal.

Of course, they’re also highlighting the new OwnVoice application as a way to make Ovi Maps even more personal. Be careful here, though – I downloaded the pirate one and found it incredibly annoying after just a few minutes of use, though that’s probably to be expected.

Last, but not least, to help promote Ovi Maps, starting 2 weeks ago, new Nokia devices have begun shipping with a car holder and car charger included in the box. This includes the Nokia N97, N97 Mini, 6710 Navigator, and X6. The 5800 XpressMusic, 5230, E52 and E72 will ship with the car holder. Those of us who have owned these phones for a while aren’t likely to get a free car holder in the mail, sadly, but you can purchase this mount from Amazon for quite cheap (It’s the one I use).

You can download the newest Ovi Maps to your device from http://www.Nokia.com/maps. If you have an N97, be sure to download the 5800 XpressMusic version to your PC to install, as it’s newer than the version offered to me in the Software Update tool.

Make sure to check Symbian Guru for a screenshot of how the new version looks!

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Stunning live photos of Orange (Red?) Nokia N8 – “most impressive pre-production hardware we’ve seen” « My Nokia Blog

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

SlashGear got some playtime with the Nokia N8 (orange though it looks RED here).

It looks absolutely stunning and in terms of build, SG says,

“it’s some of the most impressive pre-production hardware we’ve seen…..We had our doubts initially about the bright orange color scheme, but in the metal it’s far more attractive than in press shots.”

They also point out the lightness and the very comfortable curves of the N8.

Here the N8 looks a lot more orange.

Want to see more pics? Check the original post over at My Nokia Blog!

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Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” coming in Q4 2010, says WebM media team » EuroDroid

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Crikey, while we’re all expecting Google to unleash Android 2.2 on us all later today at its Google I/O 2010 conference, plans are already well underway for a launch of the 3.0 refresh of the mobile OS.

Over on the FAQ page for the WebM media project which Google revealed yesterday, a date is given for the arrival of Android 3.0 – AKA “Gingerbread” – Q4 2010.

Here’s the quote, lifted from the FAQ:

When will other Google products support WebM and VP8?

“WebM support in Android is expected in the Gingerbread release (currently planned for Q4, 2010). We expect many other Google products to adopt WebM and VP8 as they prioritize it with their other product requirements. Keep an eye on the WebM blog for announcements”

Obviously there’s obviously no official imagery yet available for Android 3.0, so we’ll leave this update as TEXT ONLY. Your browser is working properly. Link via Androidsis.

WOW, great news! Let’s see what goodness 3.0 brings! 😀

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And The Coolest Gadget Of Google I/O Award Goes To… AR Drone. [Video + Pics, Google I/O Blitz Coverage, Day 1]

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Right next to the Chevy Volt, which, by the way, is quite a looker, I saw a couple of guys playing with odd flying machines, called AR Drones. After spending a few minutes talking to them, we got a nice lengthy demo, and let me tell you, this flying monster is beyond cool.

  • AR Drone is a flying RC type UFO looking thing
  • here is the kicker: it is controlled by your Android phone (here they used a Nexus One)
  • you touch the screen and tilt the phone, which controls the direction of where your AR Drone flies
  • it uses Adhoc WiFi, which doesn’t require a router and can be used freely in an open field
  • check this out: the AR Drone has dual video cameras which transmit the live feed to the Android phone that is controlling it
  • the covers are interchangeable, so you can have different looking drones
  • the price is unknown and will be “a couple hundred bucks”

Check out the pics and the videos I took below:

Check the original post over at Android Police for the pics and video 😉

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Google closes Web store for Nexus One phone

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Google closes Web store for Nexus One phone

Google Inc. on Friday said it will stop selling its Nexus One smartphone through its Web store as the Internet giant backed away from its effort to reshape the mobile-phone market by selling handsets directly to customers.

The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., said in a blog post it would make the phone available to consumers through wireless partners’ existing retail channels. Google added that its Web store would morph into an “online store window” where it could showcase a variety of phones built with its Android software.

Andy Rubin, Google’s Android chief, said in the post that the company is “very happy” with the adoption of Android handsets in general, even though the Web store concept didn’t live up to expectations. The strategy met with mixed results, including poor handling of customer service and lackluster sales.

“While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not,” he wrote.”It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.”

Google closes Web store for Nexus One phone

The retreat is the latest blow for Nexus One, the company’s only branded mobile phone. Google broke with convention when it launched its phone in January, saying it would sell Nexus One through its Web store with or without a wireless contract.

The handset sells for $529 without wireless service. U.S. customers can also buy the phone for $179 if they commit to a two-year contract with Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA, the only U.S. carrier to offer a plan for Nexus One.

However, rival carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. have recently indicated they would not make Nexus One available on their networks, depriving potential Nexus One owners of their choice of carriers. Sprint and Verizon Wireless, which is jointly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, are both pointing to their own Android devices as superior alternatives.

Vodafone last month began giving away Nexus One phones to U.K. customers who sign up for service plans and said that the phone would be available in stores–the first departure from the online-only approach Google took in the U.S.

Make sure to check out the original post over at Daily Mobile! Enjoy!

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Mysterious Ovi Music v11.4 Update Shows Up | Symbian-Guru.com

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Ovi Music v11.4Earlier tonight, just before going to bed, I checked the Software Update tool on my Nokia N97. I don’t check this often, maybe once a week or so. Normally there’s nothing new here, but this evening I noticed a new update available – Ovi Music v11.4, apparently.

The Ovi Music update is small, only 497k, and installed rather quickly, apparently to my internal storage. However, I can’t for the life of me see what it actually did. Even after rebooting my phone, there are no new icons to be found anywhere in my menus, nor are there any obvious changes to the built-in music player on my phone.

A quick google found mention of this over at Nokia 5800 Downloads, but it’s referencing the Nokia Music Store, which has been renamed to Ovi Music in a few countries. My Nokia N97 is a NAM unit, and I’ve never changed the product code on it or anything. The Nokia Music Store is not launched in the United States, so why would this update be released for a NAM product code?

I’ve reached out to my Nokia contacts to see if I can shed some light on this, but if you know anything about this update, please feel free to share in the comments below.

So, do you know anything about it? Let the guru know your thoughts!

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Samsung Galaxy S makes an appearance at Google I/O

20 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Samsung announced their flagship Samsung Galaxy S at CTAI a few months ago, but it seems like no one has been able to get their hands on the device sicne then. Fortunately for us, Samsung has a small booth at this year’s Google I/O conference in San Francisco, so we got the chance to play around with the device a little.

As you may already know, the Galaxy S runs on Android 2.1, features a 1GHz processor and is equipped with Samsung’s new Super ALOMED display (measuring in a 4 inches). To be honest, the handset looks and feels very similar to the iPhone 3G S. To Android fans, that may be a step in the wrong direction, but for everyone else out there who is drooling over the iPhone, it gives them a clear (and somewhat better) alternative. The TouchWiz 3.0 UI is a much better experience than what we have seen on the Behold 2, giving users many tools to customize the look and feel on the home screen. We still have no indication on when the Samsung Galaxy S will be available, but their reps did mention that they are planning a global release of the fun which should kick off this summer.

Want to see the video? Check out the original post!

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