Today, Opera Software released the final versions of the world’s most popular mobile Web browsers, Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10. Now, nearly any mobile phone can support an Opera-driven Web experience, complete with unmatched speed, style and cost savings. Simply go to m.opera.com/ to download it directly to your phone today.
Today’s release puts the finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. The focus is on delivering the best Internet experience on nearly any mobile phone, along with a unified look and feel and innovative favorite features, such as Speed Dial, password manager and tabbed browsing.
“Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.
Mary Jo Foley was quick enough to notice that Microsoft posted the Silverlight Beta executable & tools for Symbian on March 11 before everything was pulled out a few hours later. Here’s the tools description:
“The installable executable file enables users to run Silverlight applications on the Nokia S60 5th Edition platform. The executable file includes the Silverlight runtime for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices, the Silverlight runtime for Nokia S60 5th Edition emulator, sample applications, and developer documentation.”
And the executable description:
“The installable executable enables user to run Silverlight applications on the Nokia S60 5th Edition platform.”
Nokia is currently the only mobile company who has signed a deal with Microsoft to make Silverlight available on their platform. We should expect more news on this subject next week at MIX.
Skype for Windows Mobile may be “dead” but this won’t stop loyal Nokia user from enjoying it. Nokia & Skype have announced today that the IP Calling application is now available to more than 200 Million Symbian users via the Nokia Ovi Store.
Skype for Symbian enables Nokia smartphone users to:
- Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world*
- Save money on calls and texts (SMS) to phones abroad
- Send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
- Share pictures, videos and other files
- Receive calls to their existing online number
- See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
- Easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book
The Symbian Foundation has posed the video demonstrating the Symbian^4 UI in action for the first time. It is difficult to draw conclusions from 2 short videos of a unfinished product,but I must say that it’s underwhelming. The homescreen, widgets looks nearly identical to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI and/or Android. Let’s hope that Nokia is hard at work because Maemo/Meego currently looks 10x better IMO.
Opera has just released the Beta 3 of Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile & Symbian devices. The major new feature is the addition of FalshLite 3.1 support on Windows Mobile devices (it’s still experimental and from what I’ve seen it doesn’t work quite well even on the HTC HD2). There’s still no Text-Reflow or pinch-to-zoom support though and it looks like screen rotation is gone..
- Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
- Support for non-latin characters in the UI also when phone is set to latin locale (requires international build)
- A lot of input and keyboard related fixes
- Fixed text selection
- Visual indication of input mode also for non-latin input modes
- General bug fixing (stability, UI)
- keypad/smartphone support
- Flash Lite 3.1 support (disabled by default)
- Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
- BIDI support also for language extensions
- phone numbers in plain text are converted to links
- support for background sound
- general bug fixing (stability, UI)
Known issues include:
- Opera Link: Bookmarks saved in Beta 2 are lost when upgrading to Beta 3
- Hotmail does not work, please use the mobile version “www.hotmail.com/m”
- Dragonfly – need to do ‘connect’ two times in a row to get a connection working
- After permanently accepting an untrusted certificate, you get an error when trying to load the https:// page again. Workaround: In the S60 device menu go to the Settings -> General -> Security -> Certificate Management -> Trusted site certificates and delete the certificate for the problematic site
- Flash is only a preview/in alpha state, expect instabilities, performance degradation during use
- Flash is only supported on touch devices
- Need to double-click on Flash content to view it in full-screen, another double-click to return
- right-to-left support is not complete in the UI
- On certain WM5 Smartphone/WM6 Standard devices, the dictionary is not disabled in the password field
- Unable to type special characters on Moto Q9
- Certain HTC devices with TouchFLO will force Opera back to portrait mode if visiting home screen when Opera is in landscape
- Some input method editors are known not to work well with Opera because they do not comply with Microsoft’s SIP and/or IME standard. When such an editor is detected by Opera, Opera will use a known (default) input method instead. An exception is EzInput v1.5, where the phone keypad and compact QWERTY, ABC mode doesn’t work, but the rest of the modes work fine. We recommend upgrading to EzInput v2.0 to avoid this.
On your phone, Google Buzz is much more than just a small screen version of the desktop experience. Mobile devices add an important component to sharing: location. Posts tagged with geographical information have an extra dimension of context — the answer to the question “where were you when you shared this?” can communicate so much. And when viewed in aggregate, the posts about a particular location can paint an extremely rich picture of that place. Check out the Mobile Blog for more info about all of the ways to use Buzz on your phone, from a new mobile web app to a Buzz layer in Google Maps for mobile.
I tried it for a few minutes on the HTC HD2 to see how it actually works. What I don’t really understand is: Why am I seeing other peoples’ Buzz updates (people who are not in my contacts, their actual name is also showing up in there Buzz..privacy? wth?)? All this social sharing stuff is getting out of hand IMO. I don’t give a flying monkey poop about what other people do. Now, if it was only restricted to my contact list then it would be fine (maybe there’s some sort of settings that I missed somewhere?). Anyway, from a technological point of vue this is a pretty cool feature and the full integration with GMail is really awesome (if you are a big Gmail user). Here’s some more info about Google Buzz:
You can grab the Winodws Mobile & Symbian versions here. The Android version is available in the Android Market right now (only for Android 1.6 and up). For more info head over to the Google Mobile blog here
Time to let the cat out of the bag: I’ll be covering this year’s MWC in Barcelona from February 14th until February 17th!
You can expect a whole lot of pictures and videos of all the latest Windows Mobile, Android & Symbian/Maemo hardware that will be announced during the event. The highlight of the show will obviously be Microsoft‘s press conference on Feb 15th which will be streamed live by Microsoft on their press website (but I will also comment it live on Twitter and update the site as soon as possible with live pictures and videos). I will also cover several other press conference/events: Sony Ericsson, Nokia, LG, Texas Instrument, HTC etc.. and have a couple of interviews scheduled with folks from Microsoft, nVidia & others…
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As of today the Symbian mobile OS is finally open source and available for anyone. The best part is that it’s actually the latest version, Symbian^3 (which is also supposed to ship on upcoming Nokia handsets this year). According to the Symbian foundation Over 330 million Symbian devices have been shipped worldwide and 100 million are expected to ship in 2010 (keep in mind that Nokia has shipped 126 million phones in Q4 2010).
According to Michael Hsu, general manager of Nokia Taiwan, the company will not ship any Symbian^2 handset but will instead go straight to Symbian^3 this year. They also expect to launch Symbian^4 handsets at the end of the year (or early 2011). The other good news is that Nokia is also expected to launch Maemo 6 based handsets in the second half of 2010.
Nokia has just made available a new firmware update for the N97 today. This new update is said to improve call reliability and enable smoother scrolling in menus. To update, plug your N97 in to your PC and launch Nokia Software Updater and then start updating. In other N97 news, Nokia has also released the N97 compatible version of the new OVi Maps navigation app a couple of days ago (simply open the Applications Folder, Software Update client and choose the new Ovi Maps from the list).
Sony Ericsson just uploaded a short hands on video of the Vivaz smartphone. The UI looks smooth and as you can see it also supports Opengl ES 2.0 (TI-OMAP chipset I gues):
Here’s the official Press released:
The new Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ is the latest mobile phone in our new family of communication entertainment phones which launch during the first half of 2010. Communication truly becomes entertainment with high quality HD video allowing consumers to produce and broadcast their very best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features. Camera API is available to both Symbian and Java code.
- Capture – record video in crisp high resolution (720p). The dedicated video key allows consumers to shoot video instantly with continuous auto focus for the perfect film every time.
- View – review video content in the standby panel or online via Wi-Fi on the 3.2 inch widescreen
- Share – upload via Wi-Fi onto YouTube™ and Picasa in high resolution while still using other features on the handset
The Symbian Camera API includes HD Video capability. A Camera API is also available in Java (video restricted to VGA capability).
Vivaz™ is based on the open Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) platform, like Satio™. Users can personalize their communication entertainment experience by downloading applications games and much more from PlayNow™, Sony Ericsson’s popular one-stop content store. Now there’s twice the reason to submit your Symbian & Flash content! Read more.
Adobe™ Flash Lite™ 3.0 is integrated seamlessly into the Vivaz™ UI. The five ‘home screen’ panels first seen on Satio are extended and made more user-configurable, including the ability to select Flash Lite content such as apps, games and animations. The included Twitter app is written using Flash Lite™ 3.0.
Flash Lite, 3.0 introduces Flash Video (FLV) support – FLV is rendered directly by the Flash player rather than by the handset. There are also significant improvements in performance and security. Read more
Project Capuchin support means that Java code can add powerful data logic and API support to Flash content.
Vivaz™ has a 3.2 inch 360 x 640 pixel TFT resistive touchscreen with 16 million color depth. OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 are supported for superb graphics. The 8.1 megapixel camera has 4x digital zoom and Sony Ericsson’s face and smile detection features. An 8 GB microSD™ card is included; up to 16GB is supported. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11g and HSPA at 7.2Mbps download; naturally we include seamless integration with Facebook™ and Twitter.
Here’s some big news folks, Nokia just launched their new OVI Maps navigation application featuring free turn-by-turn walk & drive navigation for its handsets. Sounds familiar? Yes Google did the same thing with Google Navigation for Android 2.0 not long ago. But this is the real deal this time around, unlike Google offering which is only available in the US and needs an active connection to work (maps are stream live to the Android device) the new OVI Maps offers support for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries and the whole maps are stored on your device!
Head over to Nokia’s annnouncement website here for more info and videos. Nokia is also promising to offer a streeview like feature in the future. Here’s the list of compatible devices:
Nokia X6, Nokia N97 mini, E72, E55, E52, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia 5230
Sony Ericsson just announced (and retracted the PR a few minutes later) the Symbian (S60 5th Edition ) powered Vivaz smartphone. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is an HD capable (720P capture) device packing an 8.1Mpix camera coupled with a whole bunch of features like aGPS, Wifi, a 3.5″ 360×640 touchscreen (it is not known yet if it’s resistive or capacitive panel). The Vivaz’s design looks somewhat similar to the Xperia X10 and will be available in several colors: Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue, and Venus Ruby. Availability is said to be H1 2010 in North America and across the world. Nice to see SE supporting Symbian, unlike Samsung who dropped it this year.
You can check out Mobile-Review’s early samlple review here (in russian).
Nokia posted the Symbian^4 UI proposal today and is actually seeking feedback from the Symbian open community. The document highlights the new UI changes (they look similar to what we saw last month) and even goes on to compare some of its element and features with competing platforms like Android and the iPhone. The other important point is that this new UI framework is build in Qt, replacing the current S60 Avkon UI framework. This is IMO a step in the right direction and shows that Symbian is really “open” unlike Android. you can check the whole document (pdf) here.
The pre-beta version of Nokia‘s Image Exchange Touch application has been released today (for S60). This application lets you vrowse through your images and share them all over the web:
Nokia Image Exchange is an experimental imaging service to make browsing and sharing images fun and easy. It aims to provide a seamless integration of a mobile image gallery application and a corresponding web-service. Nokia Image Exchange explores the possibilities of the mobile phone when it is enabled with always-on data connection and utilizes existing contact information as a basis for social networking.
A non-Touch version (S60) and a S40 version are also available here
Here are two unboxing video of Nokia‘s soon to be released Symbian S60 smartphone, the Nokia X6. The X6 is the company’s first samrtphone featuring a capacitive touchscreen and is IMO one of the best looking smartphone ever designed. You’ll see some short UI action in the first video from Tracy & Matt:
Opera is announcing today that Opera Mobile 10 is now available on nearly all mobile platforms. The browser is now runnning on Windows Mobile, Android, Brew, Symbian S60. The downside is that OM 10 will not be availalbe to the conumer but will be licensed to OEMs only. In the video below you’ll be able to see for the first time Opera Mobile 10 running the Android platform:
Opera Mobile™ is the leading Web browser for the market’s most sophisticated mobile feature phones and smartphones. Opera Mobile is the proven solution for mobile Web browsing with shipped installations for leading OEMs and operators worldwide, such as T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Opera Mobile is cross platform, enables the most compelling Web services and applications and offers a superlative mobile Internet experience
Opera Mobile offers
A true Web experience optimized for mobile phones
The ability to offer Web applications right on the idle screen
The full richness of Web 2.0 services using AJAX
Blazing speed with Opera Turbo
Ability to offer Opera Widgets
A proven product with focus on innovation, quality and user experience
Here are a couple of concept shots of the upcoming Symbian UI that Nokia has promised will come in 2010. As you can see nothing revolutionary, Maemo 5 looks a whole lot better IMO. What do you guys think ? You can download the whole presentation (PDF) here.
Google Maps Mobile 3.3 for Windows Mobile and Symbian phones has been released a few hours ago. THis new version packs the ability to sync your starred items from your desltop to your mobile device:
Google Maps for mobile has long allowed you to add stars on a map to mark your favorite places. You may have noticed a few months ago that Google Maps for desktop browsers introduced the ability to star places as well. Unfortunately, there was no way to keep these starred places in sync with Google Maps on your phone. With today’s release of Google Maps for mobile 3.3 on Windows Mobile and Symbian phones, you’ll now be able to keep the starred places on your phone and on your computer completely synchronized. It’s like magic, but magic that you can use.
Head over here to read the rest. You can
download Google Maps for mobile for your Symbian or Windows Mobile phone by visiting m.google.com/maps in your mobile browser.