Colors by MMMOOO is a nice colorful theme for your Symbian Phone. This theme is compatible with Symbian ^3 and Symbian S60 v5 phones. The theme also features Symbian Anna icons, so you get those even though you’re on the older version of Symbian.
I just noticed over at the Ovi Blog that Surya has put up a new post on the new features available in the beta version of Ovi Maps. The main features which caught my eye were the OTA maps download the the ability to check in to a location using Ovi Maps itself.
In the good old days, if you were travelling to a new location, you’d have to plug your phone to a PC, use the Maps downloader and download Maps files from the internet and transfer it to your device. Why use the PC for this simple task? This is a question we used to ask the Ovi Maps folks when ever we met up with them. It looks like the Nokia folks have been listening. With the new version of Ovi Maps (version 3.06), you can now download maps directly from your phone through a WiFi connection. Our guess is that Nokia put this restriction in place to prevent accidental download on the costly 3G data plans, as maps tend to be quite heavy downloads. If you phone doesn’t have WiFi, you won’t be getting this feature. Don’t despair, there’s more features which you will still have to try out.
The next feature I noticed, in the long list of enhancements, is the ability to check in to locations directly from the maps application. This version adds the ability to check in to your destination and share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. You can check out the video at the end of the post to see how this feature works.
Have you ever wondered how to calibrate the compass on your phone and when to do it? When Ovi maps shows the compass in the map as red, it usually means that it requires calibration. This new version also shows you how to go about calibrating the compass on your phone. Check the image below on the right.
If you’re interested in seeing the other enhancements in this version of Ovi maps, here’s the long list:
- Download street maps directly to your device! A new feature called “Update” on the main menu which allows you download Street Maps directly (via WiFi) to your phone without a PC!
- My Position and Search are now integrated (now called Map). When accessed, it will show your last map view
- Back button in Favorites
- Long tap functionality to delete & rename collections & routes
- Pop up for first time use – to inform user to download new map data (when upgrading 3.04 > 3.06 for the first time)
- Improved behaviors of transit lines settings in map toolbox (no more grey out)
- Compass calibration hint
- Refreshed place details information view
- Pinch to zoom interaction (Only available on Symbian^3 devices)
- Visually refreshed main menu and icons
- New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines
- Improved search experience – find places and addresses around you – or anywhere in the world – fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and “did you mean?” functionality
- New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way – you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map
- Share a place – send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices)
- Check in – keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you’re up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history
- New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow – after clicking Drive, you’re instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings
- More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalize your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you’d like to keep on your main menu for instant access.
- Traffic flow: In Drive mode, a number of improvements to the traffic flow color scheme and layout.
Here’s the link to the Ovi Map’s page on Nokia Beta Labs. You’ll have to sign in with your Nokia account before you can download this version from that site.
Here’s Jennifer and Pino showing you the new Check In feature on the Ovi Maps version 3.06.
The Luminosity theme from Blue_Ray themes features the Fresh icon pack by IND190 and Full SVG themes for all Symbian 60 phones. The theme author’s site has the download links for all version of Symbian 60 phones, so click on this link and scroll down that page for the download options
Here’s great news for your Foursquare Symbian users out there. The official Foursquare app for Symbian v3 and v5 is out now on Ovi Store. We did mention that it would be out soon, and here it is. It’s currently a free app, so head out to Ovi Store and download it, even if you’re running Foursquare on Gravity, just to check it out.
Using this app, you have access to all of Foursquare’s functionality. You can search for places, check in there and add tips for places you’ve been to. You can also check out where your friends are, their profiles and badges and look for friends near you. You can also check out your profile, add friends and accept friend’s invites right off this app. You’ll need a GPS compatible phone to use this app.
I feel you really need a touch-screen phone with a longer display to really feel comfortable with the interfaces, since the interfaces are built around that. The interfaces did feel a little challenged in the interface department in the S60v3 section. I tried it out on the E72, and the screens felt a little restricted by the screen size. If you’re using the official Foursquare on your Symbian^1 phone, let us know your experiences by commenting below.
To get Foursquare for your Symbian phone, head over to the Ovi Store app on your phone and search for ‘Foursquare’ or if you’re reading this on your phone, click on this link to Foursquare on Ovi Store.
Here are screens from the application. You can click on the images below to view the larger version:
Nokia today announced the new 5250 phone, through a post at Nokia Conversions. The 5250 is yet another budget phone from the Nokia stables featuring a touch screen, runs on Symbian^1 and is targeted at the music crowd with a bundled subscription to Ovi Music unlimited and a built in FM receiver.
There’s not much storage on the phone, but it’s expandable using a MicroSD card. Nokia claims that this phone has excellent battery life in this segment of phones, with 18 days standby or 7 hour talk time. In fact if you use this device only to listen to music, you can listen to 24 hours of back to back music before the battery gives way.
Being a budget phone 3G, GPS and WiFi have been given a miss on this device. The 5250 should cost 115 Euros (around Rs. 6,900), before taxes, when it hits the markets in the fourth quarter of this year.
Key features of the 5250:
- Quad Band phone
- Runs on an ARM 11 processor clocked at 434 Mhz
- 2.8 inch touch-screen with resolution of 360 x 640
- 2 Megapixel Camera with video recording in VGA resolution @ 30fps
- Expandable up to 16Gb via MicroSD card
- FM Radio
- Connectivity through MicroUSB connector and Bluetooth
- Ovi Music Unlimited bundled in selected regions
You can head out to this link for a more detailed spec of the 5250.
From the press release:
“The 5250 runs the Symbian^1 operating system and offers GSM/EDGE communications over four bands and GPRS for data. It has a 2.8-inch TFT screen with a 16:9 apect ratio and a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. On the back, there’s a 2-megapixel camera, with Ovi Share installed to let you upload your snaps to the Web. Eminently pocketable, the device measures 104mm x 49mm x 14mm.”
“This is a highly sociable phone. Also on the home screen, you’ll find your favourite contacts and there’s easy access to Facebook, MySpace and the rest. You can also log-in to multiple email accounts such as Ovi Mail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail, as well as instant messenger accounts from all the usual suspects. Extra applications can, of course, be added using the Ovi Store.”
This is a free theme from Pizero, which is compatible with S60 v3 and Symbian^1 devices. You can get this theme free from Ovi Store. If you are surfing from your phone, the Ovi Store link for this theme is store.ovi.com/content/26177, or just search for Earth by Pizero in the Ovi Store app.
This free theme is a lite version with the default icon-set, but if you like this theme and would like to get it with a custom icon-set, you can check out the Earth Pro theme from Pizero.
Folks, DivX has now released an updated version of their mobile DivX player for Symbian. The main thing with this release is support for Symbian^1 (Touch devices). Do note, it’s still beta. But something’s definitely better than nothing!
From DivX Labs:
We have released a new 1.0 version for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th edition phones.
Even if your phone isn’t officially DivX Certified, you may still be able to watch DivX® videos by downloading and installing the DivX Mobile Player. Find out below if your phone supports the DivX Mobile Player and follow the link to download according to your phone’s operating system.
DivX Mobile Player 1.0 is beta software available for a limited time only and will expire.
You can also check out the older versions here – DivX mobile players download page.
For those of you who were fans of the Nokia Sports Tracker Beta app, which was discontinued in June, here’s some good news. Sports Tracker now has it’s own site over at www.sports-tracker.com and a new app on Ovi Store. Sign up for the new service before August 30th and you get to import all your older data from your old Nokia Sports Tracker account over to this one.
If you haven’t tried out Sports Tracker earlier, here’s what the app and service is all about. The Sports Tracker app turns your phone into a GPS sports computer which keeps track of the routes, distances, speed and even calories burnt during your workouts by running, cycling or walking. You can upload all this data about your workouts online and access them at anytime using the Sports Tracker website. You can also share your workouts on Facebook as well.
That’s not all, the OVI blog’s got a contest running for users of Sports Tracker, where you get a chance to win a Ovi skateboard deck and some more goodies. All you need to do is make a funny or interesting shape with your workout, share it publicly in the service and send the Ovi folks a the link to the workout. You can read more about this contest at the Ovi blog’s post.
FourSquare users and those interested in getting on the bandwagon, a dedicated app is on the way for the Symbian Platform. Sym4square is a freeware application developed by ThinkChange, to make the FourSquare service available for the Symbian^1 phones smartphones.
From the screenshots and the video below, it looks like this application is almost like the FourSquare Android one, with similar features.
Sym4square is not yet out for public distribution, but they’re looking for 1000 beta testers, if you’re interested in getting this first. If you’re one of the few to get a beta invite, do let us know what you think of this app. You can get more information and sign up for beta testing the app from at site – www.symbianfoursquare.com.
Users of Symbian 60 v3 phones like the E72/71, are left high and dry and don’t get to use this app, at least as of now. For those of you on a S60v3 non-touch screen phone, there’s always Gravity, the king of all social networks on Symbian, to get you checked into FourSquare.
Here’s a video of this app in action:
This theme is available for touch screen Symbian S60v5 devices like the N97 mini and the 5800XM. Download the theme from Mobile 9 – here’s the link to the download page – gallery.mobile9.com/f/1443859/