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Silverlight for S60 5th edition is available along with a Bing App

 \r\n\r\nSilverlight for smartphone\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSilverlight, the cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web on desktop computers, is available for Nokia S60 5th Edition smartphones such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini.\r\n\r\nThe release of Silverlight comes the Bing Application.\r\nThe owners for s60 smart phones will be able to view Silverlight content right from your Nokia S60 browser, which is a big plus. Other than that and the new Bing application, currently I don’t see other uses for Silverlight on my Nokia N97, but this might be just for now.\r\n\r\nGet Silverlight for S60 5th edition here!\r\nGet the Bing Application for S60 5th edition here!\r\n\r\n\r\nSilverlight for s60 smartphone\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNote: All logos, images and trademarks used in articles on this site are property of its respective owners.

First Look: Nokia Astound Smartphone

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Mobile handset maker Nokia Corp. launched smartphone Nokia Astound, available exclusively from T-Mobile USA, the unit of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGY.PK: News ), since April 6. The Astound has a sleek stainless-steel design that features an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture, a 3.5-inch capacitive touch AMOLED display, free turn-by-turn navigation from Nokia and access to thousands of free and paid apps via Nokia’s Ovi Store.\r\n

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With the latest commercial version of Ovi Maps, the Astound provides free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in almost 100 countries in 46 languages. Additional countries and languages are available to download free from Nokia.\r\n

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Mark Slater, vice president of sales, Nokia, stated, “As millions more consumers make the switch to smartphones, Nokia is proud to offer an alternative that is not only easy and fun to use, but is also very sexy and sleek, unlike anything in its price point.”\r\n

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The phone itself is quite attractive with a white and silver color scheme and slim profile. While the Astound might be attractive on the outside, Symbian is still, well, Symbian. Although it is a powerful and full-featured platform, its whole aesthetic feels dated and static compared to Android 2.3, Apple’s iOS, and even the latest version of RIM’s BlackBerry OS. Thankfully, this is the most recent version of Symbian S^3 so you get a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a browser improved from the previous versions.\r\n

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Nokia officials had no comment on its relationship with Microsoft, but they did hint that there will be more Symbian phones to come. The Astound is available online as well as at T-Mobile stores.

Nokia unveils 2 smartphones, Symbian refresh

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Nokia, the world’s largest phone maker by volume, unveiled on Tuesday two new smartphone models running on a new version of its Symbian software platform. The new models, the E6 and the X7, will go on sale for 340 euros ($491.6) and 380 euros respectively excluding subsidies and taxes, later this quarter. In February, Nokia’s new chief executive Stephen Elop dumped Symbian software — which lost most of its lead on the smartphone market last year — saying the company would instead use Microsoft Corp’s unproven software as its primary platform.\r\n

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Elop compared Symbian to a burning platform in a widely leaked internal memo, saying it was not good enough for Nokia’s future. On Tuesday Nokia unveiled a new version of Symbian software, with new icons, improved text input, faster Internet browsing and a refreshed Ovi Maps application.\r\n

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“Several Nokia executives have attempted to walk back from Elop’s February comments and limit the damage he did to Symbian products,” said Tero Kuittinen, analyst at MKM Partners.\r\n

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“It’s just a bit too late to put Humpty Dumpty back together. Developers are bailing out in droves,” he said.\r\n

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Source: Reuters\r\n

Nokia N8 First Look Preview

We were almost starting to suspect mobile phones of giving up and playing soft. They seemed unstoppable. They went from 5 to 12 in no time and there was nothing to suggest that digicams will ever get a timeout for a much needed breather. Surprised or not, the game is back on and Nokia are pulling the big guns out. The N8 is the new wannabe king of cameraphones. \r\n\r\n

Nokia N8 Preview
Nokia N8 Preview
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  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
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  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar
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  • Dimensions: 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc; 135 g
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  • Display: 3.5-inch 16M-color nHD (360 x 640 pixels) AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
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  • Memory: 16GB storage memory, hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
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  • OS: Symbian^3
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  • CPU: ARM 11 680 MHz processor, 3D Graphics HW accelerator; 256 MB RAM
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  • Camera: 12 megapixel large-sensor (1/1.83”) autofocus camera with xenon flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and built-in ND filter; 720p video recording@25fps
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  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, microUSB port with USB host support, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS receiver with A-GPS, HDMI port
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  • Misc: Accelerometer, DivX/XviD video support, Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM transmitter, 720p TV-out, Flash support in the web browser, anodized aluminum unibody, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant display
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  • Battery: 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
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  • As you see the hardware is all there – there’re not too many devices out there that can match the Nokia N8. Some will understandably frown at what looks like unimpressive CPU clock speed and scarce RAM. Just remember that it’s the performance to be judged here and not the sheer numbers.
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  • Different platforms have different needs so we’ll only know if Symbian^3 can do without a 1GHz Snapdragon after we’ve seen the N8 in proper action.
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\r\n12 MP camera\r\n\r\nLet’s be honest – it’s the reason why you are here. The Nokia N8 hopes to change the way we perceive cameraphones, by making the shooter its leading feature. Nokia did their homework and packed the device with the largest sensor a mobile phone has seen (stretching to 1/1.83″ inches). It has an advantage of roughly 50% over regular 1/2.5″ sensors found in the Samsung Pixon12 and the Sony HX5 that we recently featured in a blind camera shootout. The larger sensor surface should benefit its low-light capabilities and dynamic range greatly.\r\n\r\nBut it doesn’t end there – the Nokia N8 also comes with a mechanical shutter, a powerful xenon flash, a 28mm wide-angle lens and a front lens made out of reinforced glass. The built-in ND filter will compensate for the lack of variable aperture in those extremely bright conditions when you just cannot increase the shooting speed any more.\r\n\r\nJudging by the results of the blind test we conducted yesterday, the company has also managed to deliver on the image quality front as the Nokia N8 managed to convincingly outdo the previous cameraphone ruler, the Samsung Pixon12 and an expensive compact digicam such as the Sony DSC-HX5v Cyber-shot. And here come the promised full resolution samples from the three cameras so you can check them out.\r\n\r\nTo be honest we are a bit surprised by the results. No, we are not saying that the N8 does something wrong and its win isn’t deserved. Right on the opposite – the handset is undoubtedly the best cameraphone in existence.\r\n\r\nIt’s just that the company’s philosophy with the N8 is to do as little processing as possible, giving the image a natural look, rather than going for more saturated colors and higher contrast. We thought that this approach won’t produce images as appealing to the wide audience. As it turns out we were in the wrong and the Nokia imaging team really knew what they were doing.\r\n\r\nThe well-measured in-camera post-processing has kept the images from the excessive noise that you usually get when you boost color channels to achieve more pumped up color output.\r\n\r\nPlus it allows you to fiddle with the images in post processing leaving quite some room to work with.\r\n\r\nNokia imaging team also had a very sensible approach to noise suppression, wiping away colored chroma noise, but leaving the more bearable luminance noise be, which allowed them to retain as much fine detail as possible.\r\n\r\nAdd all those factors together and you will see why the Nokia N8 managed to trash the competition in the high ISO part of yesterday’s test. Elsewhere things were more evenly matched with the large sensor advantage not as noticeable in good lighting. Yet, even then, the Finnish flagship cameraphone delivers slightly more resolution.\r\n\r\nAnother thing that came to our attention in the test is the fact that the N8 lens unit has almost no geometrical imperfections unlike the Pixon12 lens, which has notable barrel distortion. There’s no fringing too.\r\n\r\nThe cell phone world has found its new camera champion in the face of Nokia N8 and the digicams are starting to feel the heat. We didn’t need that much time to realize that, but we are still examining the margin of the N8 win. That final question should get its answers once our full review is complete.\r\n\r\nRecording\r\n\r\nThe Nokia N8 does well on the video end too – it offers 720p recording at 25 fps, which is on par with the best in class. However the Nseries new king also offers very important extra that can easily make it stand out against the competition – its 3x digital zoom.\r\n\r\nYou won’t hear us praising digital zooming in any way, but with the Nokia N8 it’s different. Most cameraphones zoom in by cropping a part of the live video stream and then upsizing it back to 720p, making up for severely pixilated or blurry result.\r\n\r\nUnlike its competitors, the Nokia N8 shoots regular 720p video by using all the 12 megapixels worth of its sensor and when it’s time for zooming, it uses these 12 megapixels as a source.\r\n\r\nAs a result there’s always enough resolution to crop from for a magnifications so the resulting 720p videos are always top-notch for magnifications up to 3 times.\r\n\r\nThe bad news is that we found a strange bug – the Nokia N8 only starts doing that smart zooming when you are at about 2x. Before that it behaves identically to every other handset out there and looses quality. We’ve prepared a short video to make our point more clear (the effect is best perceived when you watch it fullscreen).\r\n\r\nWe are really hoping that Nokia will step up and fix this up in a future firmware update. Before that we suggest you set the zoom in your N8 to either the widest position or close to the longest end (2-3x).

Nokia starts shipping flagship N8 model

Nokia N8 Shipping
Nokia N8 Shipping
\r\n\r\nThe world’s top cellphone maker Nokia said that it has started to ship its flagship smartphone model the N8. Last week Nokia said it has delayed by a few weeks deliveries of the N8 model to the clients who had ordered the phone, hitting its shares on the day new chief executive Stephen Elop started at the helm of the company. The N8 is seen by analysts as Nokia’s first model to challenge Apple’s iPhone more than three years after its launch.\r\n\r\nIts success and timing of its sales start are seen as being crucial for Nokia’s profit margins in the third and fourth quarter.\r\n\r\nNokia said the N8 would be widely available in the coming weeks. “The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history,” Jo Harlow, the head of Nokia’s smartphone unit, said in a statement.\r\n\r\nThe N8 smartphone, first to use Nokia’s new Symbian software, was originally scheduled to reach consumers in June. In April, Nokia warned that the software renewal would take longer than it had expected due to quality problems and said that the model would reach consumers by the end of September.\r\n\r\nThe weak smartphone offering and problems with software were seen as the main reasons for Nokia to replace its chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with Stephen Elop from Microsoft\r\n\r\nThe N8 stands out among its rivals for its 12 megapixel camera but has a slower processor than Samsung’s top model Galaxy S and the latest iPhone.(Reuters)