Situations App now gets a new Company and Symbian Belle Support

In the hey days of my Symbian usage, I used to use an app called Situations, which used to automate my phone’s profile based on various “Situations”, be it time based, location based or calendar based triggers. At that point of time used to be available on Nokia Beta Labs, and then dropped off the radar till this week. We received an email from the folks at Pastilli Labs, that they’re released a new version of the app on Nokia Store. Before we get to that, here’s some interesting facts.

According to their email two of the core members who had developed the original Nokia Situations app, have founded a new company, Pastilli Labs avoin yhtiö. Pastilli Labs as part of a spin-off negotiation with Nokia have released the  latest version of their app under the new company now.

Here are the new improvements to the Situations app:

  • UI is totally new and intuitive for easy definition of your situations
  • Location can be set using maps based UI
  • Time condition allows now multiple schedules with selection of weekdays
  • Improved calendar condition includes filters based on keyword, only alarmed events or only recurring events
  • Bluetooth and WiFi conditions are redesigned to be more reliable
  • Profile can be used in multiple situations and the use of Power Save mode and SMS reply are improved and more reliable

Pastilli Labs have also put up a page explaning how the new app works, and how to set up the various situations. You can check it out here. If you’re looking for the download link to the app, you can download Situation on Nokia Store.

You an follow Pastelli Labs on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on this app.

Download Link

Situation on Nokia Store

Nokia 808 PureView – Reviewers workshop, Mumbai

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Nokia reviewers workshop in Mumbai thanks to Bloggers’ Mind and Nokia India where i got up close and personal with the Nokia 808 PureView. With us at the event were Vesa Jutila, Head of Symbian Product Marketing and Ari Partinen, Senior Camera Design Engineer from Nokia Finland.

Now we’ve already covered most of the details of this gorgeous 41 MegaPixel camera phone since its announcement at the MWC ’12 so do check out our earlier posts. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Nokia PureView 808, here are links to some of our past coverage of the Monster Camera Phone – Camera Samples from the 808 both Photos and Videos, pics of the Nokia PureView 808 phone.

Here are the device specs –

  • Display: 4″ nHD (640×360) Clear Black AMOLED
  • Processor: 1.3GHz Single Core
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 16 GB on-board storage, Expandable via Micro-USB upto 32GB
  • OS: Nokia Symbian Belle
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, USB OTG
  • Battery: 1430 mAH
  • Imaging: 41MP Nokia PureView Pro imaging technology and Carl Zeiss optics,  Xenon Flash, Full HD Video Capture

The 808 is all about the whopping 41 M camera thats built around 3 key elements –

  1. The high performance imaging sensor
  2. Nokia’s proprietary imaging algorithms
  3. The high precision Carl Zeiss optics & lenses

We’ve already saw the awesomeness of Carl Zeiss optics right from the days of N73 till the N8 and now we have something that beat them all – The PureView 808 (5 lenses stacked on each other)!!

Here are the main features outlined by Vesa at the event –

  1. ND filter – The 808 uses the Neutral Density filter which reduces the intensity of colors so that there’s no change in the hue of color rendition of the image. It gives the user the comfort of setting aperture, exposure times and motion blurs of the subject to be photographed in different situations.
  2. ISO settings – The 808 has ISO settings from a low 50 to the top value of 1600!
  3. Zoom – The zoom option on the 808 is quite different in that there’s no actual zooming happening. Instead of zooming the camera crops our the live finder to show you exactly what you want to capture.

A very important question on everyones mind there was of course – Will we see PureView techonolgy on the Windows 7 phones?? The 808 was under development for almost 5 years says Vesa Jutila and  right now, they just want to explore all possibilities he said deftly steering away from the question. Incorporating this on the WP7 phones is something that we hope to see in the future.

 

Nokia announces Microsoft Office Apps for Symbian Belle

If you were frustrated by third-party office application on your Symbian Belle phones, here’s some good news for you. Nokia has just announced that users on their Belle platform can now user Microsoft Office Mobile apps on their phones now. This came out of the blue since most of us expected Microsoft’s Office apps to be available exclusively on Nokia’s Lumia phone series powered by Windows Phone. It’s a good thing to see that Nokia-Microsoft partnership doesn’t stop there, and is inclusive of Nokia’s ‘other’ platform as well.


How you can get this is by heading to the Software Update Client on your phone and downloading the Microsoft Apps from there directly on to your phone. If you can’t see an update using this method, try connecting your phone using Nokia Suite on your PC and getting an update for your phone.  Once you get the Microsoft Apps update installed on your Symbian phone, you’ll get access to the following:

  • Microsoft Exchange Active Sync – To sync contacts, calendars and email from your company’s Exchange Servers directly to your phone.
  • Microsoft Document Connect – To get access and work on  your Word, PowerPoint and Excel files and access your company’s SharePoint sites.
  • Microsoft One Note – allows you to  create notes on your phone and sync them to Skydrive allowing you to access them from the PC as well.
  • Microsoft Lync – lets you join IM chats and audio meetings to take your office conversations on the move.

Pretty much all you need to work on the go. Microsoft Office Mobile apps is currently supported on the following Symbian Devices – Nokia 700, 701, E7, C7, X7, 603, C6-01 and Nokia Oro. Support for the Nokia N8, E6 and 500 will be announced in the coming weeks. Nokia PureView 808 will come with these apps pre-loaded.

You can get more information on how to set up Microsoft Office Mobile apps for your phone from Nokia’s Belle Setup guide and more information on other Microsoft Productivity apps for Nokia phones from the Nokia for Business site.

via Nokia Conversations

Upgrade your Nokia Symbian phone to Belle

The much awaited Symbian Belle is out now for Nokia’s range of phones. The upgrade is rolled out for users of the Nokia N8, E7, X7, C6-01, C7, E6, and Nokia 500. If you are wondering how to go about upgrading your phone, here’s a video from Nokia India showing you just how to do that

If you don’t want to upgrade your phone yourself, you also have the choice of having a Nokia Priority partner upgrade your phone to Symbian Belle as well. To do this, head over to this site and fill up the form on the right side of the page and sit back and wait for them to call you back.

For more information about Symbian Belle and how you can upgrade, head over to http://www.getnokia.in/belle/Form.aspx

Sun, Sands, Belle and NFC: The #NokiaNFC meet in Goa

The Folks at Nokia India had invited me and a bloggers from around India to the Nokia Costal Voyage (#NokiaNFC) event at Goa last week. The highlight of the event were the new handsets from Nokia powered by Symbian Belle, which are NFC ( Near Field Communication ) enabled. We all got a Belle device each to use for a day, and capture the sights and sounds of Goa. This gave us time with the devices and see how it coped up with the tasks of capturing and recording our experience, while we shared it through our Social Networks as well. The star of the event was of course the NFC capabilities of the phones, and more about it later in the post.

Symbian Belle is the latest version of the Symbian OS which powers the latest range of phones from Nokia. This  version of the OS is a huge improvement over the previous versions of Symbian, which brings in major usability and performance improvements to phones. The latest range of devices from Nokia running Symbian bell are the 600, 700 and 701 phones. Here’s a wrap of of what we experienced during this event.

Symbian Belle

Sorry but we couldn’t take live images of the phones, since the ones were using were prototype devices which are still running development versions of the OS. We’ll soon have some devices to review, so stay tuned.

Some of the highlights of Symbian Belle, are

  • The pull down notification window on phone, similar to what you see on Android devices, which gives you easy access to enable and disable connectivity options like data, bluetooth, wireless and profile. Also notifications from apps come up here. All you need to do is to swipe down the Notification Window from the top of the phone screen too access it.
  • Flattened application menu: Gone are the days of Nokia deciding what folders the app shortcuts fall under. Now when you access the menu button, you get a list of apps which you can scroll through. You can of course create your own folders to organize apps yourselves.
  • Better Home screen Widgets: Widgets have gotten smarter and more flexible in this version. You can drag and drop widgets anywhere on screen now, and there are interactive widgets as well.
  • Improvements in the keyboard layouts, browser and other areas as well.

NFC

Symbian Belle devices which we saw were NFC enabled, which mean they can interact with other NFC enabled devices by just tapping them together. Some of the accessories which we tried out were the Nokia BH-201 headset and the Nokia Play 360° speakers.

This is the coolest part of NFC enabled devices. When you have to pair your NFC enabled phone with any of these accessories, all you have to do is tap the two devices together and they’re automagically working together with no settings to do. The demo we saw was with the Nokia 701 playing music from the phone, and when it was tapped with the Nokia Play 360°, within a fraction of a second, the music continued playing from the speaker. Cool stuff!

When people think of NFC, the first thing which comes to mind is banking applications which use NFC for enabling payments, by the NFC technology can do so much more to make daily life easier. For example, if you open an image using the Photo Gallery, and tap another phone to yours. It automatically asks you if you want to share the image with the other phone, as easy as that. Contact sharing, and Social apps is another idea which comes to mind. In fact we were told that there’s a Symbian app in the making called Pokein, where you could add friends to your social network by just tapping with their phones. NFC is one area where the potentials are unlimited and it’s just the application developer’s ingenuity which would dictate what the next big app will be.

If you want to see how easy sharing is with NFC devices check out the demo on this post – NFC Sharing – As easy as Tapping two Devices.

Nokia 600,700 and the 701

Each of these devices are running on Symbian Belle, are NFC enabled and come with a 1Ghz processor. This combination along with the right price points should see good sales for Nokia for this range of devices.

The 600 is touted as the loudest phone because of it’s loud in built speakers, which packs a punch.  The 700 is a real sleek device, so it’s being marketed as the Smallest Smartphone. The 701, with it’s bright Clear Black glass screen is nicked named the brightest of the lot.

Even though these phones feature EDOF cameras (which I used to dislike), I was quite impressed with the quality of the snaps which the 701 churned out. Since I had the 701 with me the whole day, and was clicking away, I was pleasantly surprised with the images which came out of this phone, given the fact that I was just clicking away with the auto settings, and didn’t bother with specialized settings for any of the snaps. Here are some of the star images which I liked out of the lot (click on them for the larger images):

Impressed with the EDOF camera yet? Well, I certainly was. The 701 handled the different lighting conditions with ease. Send in your thoughts and comments.

In all, the #NokiaNFC meet was a really great event Nokia India put together for us bloggers. We got to play with these devices, meet and discuss with bloggers from around India, and most importantly, all this in the relaxed Goa spirit. Thanks Nokia India!

If you’re looking for a video of how easy sharing is with NFC devices, stay tuned for the next post.