Category Archives: Announcements

Ovi Suite Updated

Just checked that the Ovi Suite has recieved an update and is now at version 2.0.2.42
It is a 60 MB download and is supposed to give you “Great new features, Updated Applications and Performance Improvements”.
I am downloading it right now.
you can download it from with the Ovi Suite by going to “Tools” and “check for updates”

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N96 Launched in India!

I just just read it on the Tech2 site that the Nokia N96 has been launched in India today and its expected to cost about INR 36000/-

The handset will come preloaded with WaveSecure and will also include free Bollywood movie “Om Shanti Om”. The hanset will also come with bundled music and videos as usual. The Gamers will get a free license for Asphalt Urban 3rd Edition. The device will also have preloaded maps for India, Singapore and UAE and 3 months’ navigation license for 8 Indian cities.

More details here.

We Are Moving

I started this blog in May 2007 and since then at various times I have felt the need to have greater control over the blog which WordPress.com doesn’t allow. Since I have no background in graphics and web design, I kept myself from moving to a self hosted blog. However, I have now decided to take the plunge and move the site to a hosting of my own and see how it goes.

During the next few hours the website may therefore be unavailable, links might not work or the layout might look messed up. Kindly bear with me. By the end of it, I hope to have all links, comments and posts intact. Meanwhile, this site will still continue to be available at vaibhavsharma.wordpress.com.

Hope to see you on the otherside.

Last Chance To Enter The Symbian Blog Giveaway

Last Chance To Enter The Symbian Blog GiveawayToday, July 27th is the last chance for you to enter The Symbian Blog Giveaway. As part of the one year completion celebrations and as a very special thank you for being loyal readers, we are giving away one Stereo Bluetooth Headset, one Mono Bluetooth Headset and an Nseries T-Shirt.

In order to win, all you need to do is register at the Nseries Fusions Challenge website and leave your teamname from the challenge registration, in the comments section of this post. Each entry will be allotted a number and the winners will be chosen by a random online number generator and the gifts will then be shipped to the lucky readers. There’s no harm trying, you might just get lucky!

One Year Of The Symbian Blog & Bluetooth Headsets Giveaway!

Bluetooth Headsets Giveaway!

I have just realised that it has been over an year since The Symbian Blog went online and it has been an absolutely amazing experience. It was on the 20th of May 2007 that my first post went up and since that day it has been a pleasure looking at what you guys have had to say and then trying to learn my lessons. Along the way I have met some wonderful people and have hopefully made some long lasting friendships. I also realise that I am almost two months late in writing this ‘Happy Birthday Blog’ post, so I have something that should compensate for the same. I won’t waste anymore time on nostalgia and get straight to the point.

As a very special thank you, to you loyal readers, I have 3 very exciting Nokia giveaways. The first is a Stereo Bluetooth headset, the second is a Mono Bluetooth headset and the third is a Nseries T-Shirt. Details on how to win below!

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Nokia To Accquire Symbian & Set It Free

Nokia To Accquire Symbian & Then Set It Free

This is huge news. As you may already know Nokia currently holds the controlling interest in Symbian, however  not satisfied with that they are going to acquire a full 100%. The net cash outlay from Nokia to purchase the approximately 52% of Symbian Limited shares it does not already own will be approximately EUR 264 million.

But they don’t really want it for themselves but to create an open platform. In this direction, the Symbian Foundation, was announced today by Nokia, along with AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone. The foundation will unify Symbian, S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) software to create an open software platform for converged mobile devices, enabling the whole mobile ecosystem to accelerate innovation. This will make the platform code available to all for free, bringing additional innovation to the platform and engaging even a broader community in future developments.

All in all this is wonderful news for all Symbian fans but my guess is that it will have Google worried sick. After all S60 devices have been ruling the market for a long time now and the first Android device is yet to make an appearance. Everyone seemed to believe that the future is in open source, so Android will play a crucial role but with this announcement, Nokia has completely changed the ball game. Nokia press releases here and here.

Nokia Download Store Debuts

Nokia Download Store

Nine months after releasing the dedicated Download! client for the PC, Nokia have done away with the idea of a installable client and have moved onto a web based Download! store. The Nokia Download Store is a Web shop for trying and buying content for your Nokia device. From Nokia Download Store you can find, preview and buy a wide variety of content, applications and services from a range of different providers. Previewing and downloading applications doesn’t cost you anything, but if you want to buy something, you may have to pay for that item.

In my opinion is one of the smarter things Nokia has done. Bringing different developers under one roof while giving the concumer a one stop shop for all his needs can never go wrong. There is a ‘Top Downloads’ section for popular software and also a ‘New Downloads’ for the latest stuff; there is also catagorisation into Apps and Games. The one part I don’t quite get about Nokia is why don’t they roll out services all countries in one go? Here too, only about 17 countries along with a few operators are supported. Unfortunately India is not supported so I couldn’t give the complete mechanism a try.

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