Software update for Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 – Anna OS released

symbian-logoGood news for Nokia N8, C7, C-01 and E7 owners, the Anna update for your device is now available for download.

Nokia’s Symbian smartphones are used by millions of people around the world every day, addressing specific consumer needs and providing choices at many price points,” said Ilari Nurmi, Vice President at Nokia. “Symbian Anna represents a significant update to the experience those users have and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Symbian, which will see up to 10 more phones introduced over the next 12 months, further updates to the user experience and support for the software until at least 2016.

Symbian Anna key features:

  • Virtual portrait QWERTY for fast, one handed typing
  • Split screen view while typing; so you can see message threads, webpages, contacts or email
  • An easier to use and faster browser, delivering quicker page loads and improved navigation
  • Refreshed Nokia Maps including simpler search, new public transportation routes and the ability to check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or local social networks
  • A feature to share your location via email and SMS (even to non-Nokia phones)

Features for business users:

  • Instant messaging and presence with Microsoft Communicator Mobile
  • E-mail enhancements including full meeting request support
  • True business grade security with hardware  accelerated encryption
  • Easy and secure intranet access for business users who want to access their company intranet

The Anna update brings some new features for developers:

  • Flashlite 4
  • Java Runtime 2.2
  • Qt Mobility 1.1
  • Qt4.7

This update is available using the latest version of Ovi Suite (version 3.1.1) on a PC.

Note: The precise rollout schedule of the Symbian Anna software update varies from market to market.
Method of delivery of the software update differs from market to market and operator to operator.

Nokia 500 – the first smartphone with 1GHz CPU and Symbian Anna OS

Nokia 500 green front view Nokia has announced a new Symbian^3 device called Nokia 500, which will be available in 6 great colors. Also, the new 500 is the first Nokia device powered by a 1GHz processor.

Nokia 500 runs on the Symbian^3 OS version called Anna. The Anna’s OS offer a refreshed UI, a better browser and split-screen messaging. Nokia 500 smartphone comes with the latest version of Nokia Maps app for free drive and walk navigation.

The hardware specification of Nokia 500 devices features a 1 GHz processor, 2GB storage plus maximum 32GB if you use a microSD card. The camera has 5 megapixels, and is capable to record videos at VGA resolution with 15fps. The battery of Nokia 500 has 1110 mAh and offers 5-7 hours talk time, 450+ hours in standby or up to 35 hours of music play.

About connectivity, Nokia 500 offers pentaband radio coverage, 3G data up to HSUPA speeds. There’s also Bluetooth v2.1 and Wi-Fi b/g. The phone measures 111.3 x 53.8 x 14.1mm and weighs 93g – lighter than any other Symbian^3 phone to date.

About colors, all future customers of Nokia 500 will be able to change the back cover with one of the six changeable parts which are available. The colors available for Nokia 500 are: Black/White with covers in Black, Azure Blue, Coral Red, Purple, Khaki, Orange, Green, Pink and Silver.


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Official hands-on video of Nokia 500


Nokia Oro – a luxurious phone that incorporates 18-carat gold plating and sapphire crystal

nokia-oro-boxAfter the X1-01 was announced yesterday, Nokia has introduced today a luxurious smartphone that incorporates 18-carat gold plating, a sapphire crystal and leather from one of Scotland’s finest Caledonian herds.

Nokia’s General Manager for Russia, Gabriel Speratti, told us that, “premium products like Nokia Oro have always been best sellers in Russia. We have a large number of users who are looking for products with a build quality and superior materials that attest to their success and social standing. In some areas, possession of such premium products is the passport to being taken seriously.

The design of Nokia Oro is almost identical with the design of Nokia C7 announced by Nokia in September. Nokia Oro comes with latest Symbian operating system update, called Anna.

Nokia Oro features a 3.5 inches AMOLED display with 360 x 640 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. Other specs of Oro smartphone include an 8 megapixels camera with dual-LED flash and autofocus capable to record videos at 720p resolution with 25 fps.

About connectivity, Nokia Oro is equipated with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, 3G (HSDPA 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA 2 Mbps), TV-Out and NFC support.

Nokia Oro will start selling in selected countries across the Europe, Eastern Europe, China and the Middle East in Q3 2011. Before local taxes and operator subsidies (neither of which you’re likely to be too concerned about if you’re a customer for this device), it will cost upwards of 800 EUR.