Jolla’s MeeGo based OS demoed on video, on track for release in 2013

By on November 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM.

Jolla’s MeeGo based OS demoed on video, on track for release in 2013

As promised, Jolla, the start-up that promised to bring the brilliant swipe UI of MeeGo Harmattan seen in the Nokia N9 to life has finally given the first glimpse of its new OS that will be known as SailFish. The company, which was founded by ex-Nokia employees, also gave the demo to Finland's MTV3 on a device that resembled the old Nokia N950, which was one of the early developer centric devices for the Maemo OS that eventually became MeeGo. More →
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Nokia N9 seen running Android Ice Cream Sandwich

By on February 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM.

Nokia N9 seen running Android Ice Cream Sandwich

The N9 has been Nokia’s perennial orphaned child. Before launch its fate was sealed, as Nokia had abandoned its nascent yet promising MeeGo platform and jumped ship to Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Nokia did not even launch it globally, inspite of it gracing a delightful industrial design and a promising new OS.  However there is some good news for N9 lovers as the boys at NIT Android have managed to port Google’s latest OS Android ICS to Nokia’s orphaned child. More →
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Nokia 801 Belle-powered smartphone leaked

By on February 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM.

Nokia 801 Belle-powered smartphone leaked

A new Nokia Belle device has apparently been leaked and the smartphone in question is the Nokia 801 which looks more like the N9 sporting the same unibody button-less design. According to Eldar Murtazin, this one is a legit leak and this rumored smartphone shall soon be announced by the Finnish vendor. Folks at the SmartPhoneGeeks who caught hold of this photo have also revealed a short list of its specs. This alleged handset will feature a 4.0-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, a 1.4 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM and a 12.0 MP camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash with 1080p video recording. It will also be equipped with NFC. However, we doubt the authenticity of this leak considering this Belle screenshot has been there for months and this entire photo stunt could have been pulled using the Nokia Lumia 800. More →
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Unannounced Nokia 800 spotted in three different colors

By on October 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM.

Unannounced Nokia 800 spotted in three different colors

Remember that Nokia 800 smartphone codenamed Searay which surfaced in an ad a few days ago.  The Finnish vendor's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone has been spotted once again by the folks at Pocketnow, this time in three different colors - Black, Blue and Pink. This N9 look-a-like handset sports a 3.7-inch display and an 8.0MP camera. Other tech specs about the Nokia 800 are not known as of now. We expect this device to be unveiled at the Nokia World Conference starting October 26 next week in London. Read
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Nokia N9 to get Unity gaming titles soon

By on September 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM.

Nokia N9 to get Unity gaming titles soon

Unity Technologies, who has developed some interactive games for the iOS and Android Market in the past, has announced its plans to launch a few titles for the Nokia N9 very soon. There is no word on what games should we expect and when but the company is promising to bring 'some of the best titles that Unity developers have created'. Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason said "Today, we are glad to announce that we will bring Unity-authored titles to Nokia's N9 device." Read
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Nokia N9 starts shipping, carries a hefty price-tag

By on September 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM.

Nokia N9 starts shipping, carries a hefty price-tag

Nokia today started shipping what could be its last MeeGo smartphone - the N9 in select countries around the world. (Check out our first impressions of the N9 here.) The N9 will be available in two variants - 16GB and 64GB - that will be priced at approximately Rs 32,000 and Rs 37,200 before local taxes and subsidies. India does not figure in the list of countries where the N9 will be launched. Read on for the complete press release. More →
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Nokia releases car mode for upcoming Symbian Belle smartphones

By on September 13, 2011 at 7:25 PM.

Nokia releases car mode for upcoming Symbian Belle smartphones

Nokia today announced a new 'car mode' app for its upcoming Symbian Belle smartphones that use MirrorLink standard to connect to in-car entertainment systems and provide a better driving experience. "Car Mode features an optimized user interface simplifying the access and use of Nokia Drive (voice-guided car navigation with Nokia Maps), traffic updates, music and voice calls while driving. Built with Qt, will be available for download from Nokia's Ovi Store in Q4 2011 for Nokia smartphones based on Symbian Belle - such as the recently launched Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 - as well as the Nokia N9. Read on for the official press release. More →
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N9 and Windows Phone: Banquo’s ghosts at Nokia’s Anna banquet

By on June 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM.

N9 and Windows Phone: Banquo’s ghosts at Nokia’s Anna banquet

It was supposed to be an event to launch the first handsets running Symbian Anna in India - the Nokia X7 and the Nokia E6. And yes, most of the talk from Nokia at the dais was about the devices and the Anna update to Symbian ^3. But looming over the event, rather like a pair of Shakespearean ghosts at a Macbethian banquet, were two names with which Nokia has been associated: Windows Phone and the N9. Many was the media person who asked the Nokia team about the "phone without buttons" (the MeeGo driven N9). And when the floor was thrown open for questioning after the quartet of Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge (who we were told symbolised Anna - but THAT is another story) had sashayed down a makeshift ramp with the newly launched handsets, many of the questions that were directed at Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India, were about what Nokia planned to do with the troika of MeeGo, Symbian and Windows Phone. More →
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Hands-on with Nokia’s N9 [Video]

By on June 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM.

Hands-on with Nokia’s N9 [Video]

The N9 is by far one of the most ambitious ventures for Nokia. It runs on MeeGo, the OS Stephen Elop canned in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone and is likely to be the last commercial smartphone running on the platform from Nokia. For the 30 minutes or so that I played with the N9, I could not help but notice how far MeeGo has come since the N900. Once considered to be targeted at developers and 'advanced users', Nokia has managed to dumb down the OS considerably. Hit the jump below for my thoughts on the N9 and a video demo...

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Look ma, no buttons: Nokia unleashes the N9

By on June 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM.

Look ma, no buttons: Nokia unleashes the N9

Nokia has unveiled its next big device,  the "first ever pure touch smartphone", the N9 at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore. By "pure touch smartphone," what the Espoo phone manufacturer means is that this is the first smartphone in the world that has no front-facing buttons. Small wonder that Nokia is promoting it with the line: "all it takes is a swipe." That is all it literally takes to operate this smartphone which is powered by MeeGo and has an interface that seems a bit reminiscent of Windows Phone (we are not complaining) with panels of apps floating on three home screens (or home views, as Nokia opts to call them): applications, social networking feeds, and open applications. And in best Nokia tradition of late, this one is a tech beast too. It has a 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED display,  an 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics (yes, yes, it has auto focus), storage of 16GB and 64 GB, and all the connectivity options you can think of, not least NFC. And in what seems like a jibe at some worthies in the competition, Nokia says "body of the Nokia N9 is made from the best in polycarbonate material engineering today, enabling superior antenna performance over most other competitors’ smartphones." Ah, subtlety. The phone will be available in three variants - black, cyan and magenta. Nokia has not yet given details of its availability or pricing beyond saying that it will be in stores "later this year." We cannot wait - those specs, blended with MeeGo, have the potential to make this the most potent device to come out of Nokia's stable since the heady days of the N95 and the E90! Hit the jump to see the official intro video. More →
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