Nokia has announced three new social networking and messaging handsets, the Nokia C3, C6 and E5. Each packing a full QWERTY keyboard, the C3 runs S40 while the C6 and E5 each get Symbian though with a consumer and business focus, respectively. All of the devices have IM, email and social networking support.
The latest version of Skype's mobile VoIP app for Symbian S60 devices (aka Symbian^1) has been added to the Nokia Ovi Store, making free calls over WiFi or 3G a slightly easier possibility for the millions of handset owners out there. In fact, there are over 200 million Nokia phones worldwide, and with the Skype app they'll be able to send SMS messages, share images and other files, use IM and of course make free or low-cost Skype calls.
We're playing sceptics again today (you can tell because of the official sceptic-hat we're wearing) but according to Chinese MaxPDA forum member selith you're looking at a Nokia 5700 running BlackBerry OS 22.214.171.1245. Kicking off a fourteen page thread of people various praising his work and doubting it, selith then produced a video seemingly showing the handset in action.
As press releases go, Apple's latest is about the briefest and most direct we can remember seeing. The company is countersuing Nokia - who recently brought a lawsuit against Apple - and alleges that the Finns have infringed on 13 Apple patents. "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies" Brian Sewell, Apple's general counsel and SVP is quoted as saying, "not just by stealing ours."
Update: Full legal text after the cut, plus Nokia's "copy with pride" quote about the iPhone comes back to haunt them
SlashGear is at Nokia's The Way We Live Next 3.0 conference in Helsinki, Finland this week, and the company has just confirmed that the much-anticipated Nokia N900 Maemo smartphone will be shipping today. We've been told that the handset - which has a 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard - went out from Nokia's production facilities over the weekend, with shipments of the handset beginning in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North America.
Video demo of N900 Maemo 5 enhancements after the cut
Nokia have announced Point and Find, a new app for Nokia handsets which can recognize barcodes and cinema posters. The software uses the phone's camera, internet access and GPS to call up pre-programmed tags; that can then bring up local movie times, the ability to book tickets, and - eventually - price comparisons.
Many phones running the popular Symbian S60 operations system can be partially disabled by a malicious coded text message. Many Nokia handsets such as the N95, N79, and E71 just to name a few. This curse is being called “The Curse of Silence.”
Well Sony shouldn't feel bad, they're not the only ones recalling batteries these days. Now mobile phone giant Nokia is reaclling roughly 46 million cell phone batteries.
The batteries affected are model number BL-5C and were manufactured between December 2005 and November of 2006. Quite a few Nokia phones use this battery ranging from the 1100 series up to the N91 and E60.
Oh dear. Initial reports on the Nokia E90 are trickling in, and like a warm rivulet of liquid down your inner thigh it's not particularly great news. A bone of contention - and demonstrating just how subjective smartphones really are - is the keyboard. My Symbian readily heap praise on it:
"Only good words can be said about the keyboard. It has the same height as the keyboard of the 9500 and the same width as the keyboard of the 9300(i). And, just like with the dimensions of the device, it's a PERFECT combination. What's more, in contrast to 9500's and 9300's flat keys, the keys in the E90 are slightly convex and shaped in the way that makes you clearly feel where each key begins or ends"
This, however, stands distinctly at odds with The Register's hands-on report, where they find the keyboard to be too small to touch-type on and perhaps too broad to comfortably thumb-type with: "Alas, unless you have very small fingers indeed, you're going to be disappointed."
One of the more annoying features of the Garmin sat-nav unit I use is its unwillingness to put up with my human foibles. Spelling mistakes, mis-pressed letters, all are held against me, and the Nuvi's main method of punishment is saying something along the lines of "that location doesn't exist, you moron." Thankfully the TeleNav software, which Cingular has today announced for the Nokia E62 smartphone, has so-called "Fuzzy Search", seemingly detecting and filling in addresses according to current or commonly-used locations, as well as automatically correcting for mistakes in spelling or name-structure. Check out further details after the cut.