As I mentioned in my previous blog posts, Symbian Belle for Nokia N8 appeared on Navifirm and I flashed it to my Nokia N8. And then Symbian Belle official release was delayed to Q1 2012 as mentioned here and people are almost frustrated because of so much delay. Everybody out there want to try Symbian Belle but some don;t know how to do it and some are afraid to brick their phone. I got several request for explaining how to flash Belle to Nokia N8 on twitter ( @ksg91 ) and explaining this in 140 char is almost impossible. So, as promised, I am writing this post on how to flash Nokia N8.
Dec 14 2011
Dec 06 2011
Its been long enough since Nokia announced Symbian Belle and started shipping few Symbian Belle devices, all existing Symbian Anna users are waiting eagerly and losing their patience for receiving Symbian Belle for their phones. Nokia promised to release Symbian Belle to all Symbian Anna devices in Q4 of 2011. Symbian Belle for N8 already made an appearance at Navifirm for a while and still there is no sign of Symbian Belle officially.
I have already asked @nokia and @NokiaHelps personally serveral time and up till now they were saying it will come before the last week of Dec ends! Sudden change in release plan? This may be very disappointing. However this is not first time any release is delayed, just remember the delay in Symbian Anna. Well, we may have the same fate for Symbian Belle also. It is also being guessed that release is postponed because of some testing. Some rumors says it will come to Thailand in Feb 2012. Whatever the reason maybe, but this delay is surely going to affect the interest of users.
One thing I will like to say to Nokia is, no doubt, you take great stuff but you are late to bring it to the market and lose the interest of customers. I think, Nokia seriously need to consider this thing.
Many N8 users have already lost their patience (including me) and already running Symbian Belle leaked from Navifirm. And this leak runs pretty fast and with almost no bug! Still we crave for official release because official is official!
@nkumar_ tweeted following pic
Now, this looks a like, Symbian Belle is not really coming this month. It has been postponed for some reason.
If you got any news about this, please let me know.
Dec 05 2011
When Nokia N8 was announced, people came up with different usage about USB OTG and showing different capabilities of this feature. USB OTG can let you attach an external HDD, attach a USB mouse or keyboard, some attached barcode reader, etc. Nokia N8 and similar S^3 phones comes with the USB Charging. You may charge a phone using its microUSB port. I wonder, why nobody thought (or at least put attention to ) charging one phone with another phone using USB OTG and microUSB charging. I had this in mind since after I bought N8 but having no other phone to test it, just left the thought. After having the Nokia E7 from @Nokia_Connects for trial, I finally got a chance to try it and test if this really works?
Dec 01 2011
Symbian Belle for Nokia N8 appeared for sometime on Navifirm and some users managed to download it and uploaded to file hosting sites as I mentioned here , I, losing all the patience, flashed it to my N8. It is said to be official Firmware for T-Mobile. How ever I encountered some bug / malfunctioning of this.
Last night, I installed Gravity and Swype only. But in the morning, when I tried to open Gravity from Homescreen, shortcut wasn’t responding. I thought to open from menu but encountered error: “Homescreen: Application can not be run because of security reason”. After all this, I thought to restart my phone (a standard method to solve issue in Symbian ). After phone started, I couldn’t find Gravity or Swype in my phone, they were gone! I downloaded Gravity again and installed. After installation, when I started Gravity, my all accounts I added previously was there! This is strange, because if application existed, I would have been asked to overwrite it! However, old data was still there!
I was still not sure if this happened just to me, but a twitter user @TKay_88 also said he faced same thing on his Symbian Belle for N8! I won’t consider this to be a serious issue and comparing to the fun of Belle, I can surely ignore it.
Apart from this, I have not found any issue with Belle. Phone has become amazingly fast and new UI is awesome! I must say, I am in love with Symbian Belle!
Did you guys find any problem with your phone? Do share here.
Nov 29 2011
As the rumors were saying Symbian Belle for N8 should be releasing on week 48 and I predicted it to be released on 29th on one of my tweets. Well, this prediction turned true to some extent. Today, Symbian Belle (v 111..030.0607) for Nokia N8 (RM-596) appeared in Navifirm, reported by many users and blogs. However I was busy giving my exam (>_>)
Currently, only Quality Assurance server is responding but it is not showing Symbian Belle. Remaining two servers are not responding.
It is being said that Symbian Belle is pulled back from for the server. Reason may be, Nokia don’t want to lose the attention from their Nokia Lumia phones. Whatever the reason maybe, but one thing we can be assured about is, we are going to get update OTA soon. Let’s see how long it takes.
Finally. Product External server is responding in Navifirm and showing 111.030.607 update for N8 but no variant! So, Symbian Belle update is pulled from public view. Let’s see, how long they keep it like this.
Nov 04 2011
It’s been many days since I have had Nokia E7 in my hand, but couldn’t post the review. Well, I have been little busy with college because term end came and submission and all that started. Anyway, I am writing review now. Few weeks ago WOMWorldNokia (now @Nokia_Connects ) sent me a review unit of Nokia E7 and I am still playing around with it. My Nokia N8 is still at Nokia Care for last couple of weeks as for further service and due to holidays of Diwali. So I was completely over Nokia E7 and being one and only phone with me, I got to know it much deeply than I may have got along with N8. All I can say now is, it was very nice time with Nokia E7.
Anyways, I have been user of Nokia N8 for more than a year now and Nokia E7, like a cousin of Nokia N8, contains many similarities with Nokia N8 in design and spces, so my review will take many points of the devices from the perspective of a Nokia N8 user.
Oct 08 2011
Everybody is waiting for Symbian Belle, first big update taking major changes in Symbian’s Traditional UI. There are few phones already out running Belle and teasing existing Symbian Anna users. Well, your waiting ends now.
According to Nokia Tweet, Nokia France, by mistake, leaked that Symbian Belle is rolling out officially for all existing Symbian Anna devices on 26 October, on the same day Nokia World 2011 is starting. Lets, see how true this thing is. Around 19 days and you will know.
Oct 03 2011
If you have read my post I posted two weeks ago, you may remember that I got Nokia BH-905i with a review unit of Nokia E7. I really thank kind guys at WOMWorldNokia for sending me this along with Nokia E7 even without me asking for it. I am really grateful for this.
No matter if you are an office person or random guy, you use phone either to listen to music or for call purpose quite often and having a wireless headset may look quite pleasant. At the same time, cordless headset brings the fear of low quality audio to mind. Well that was the past; nowadays you find many Bluetooth Stereo Headsets offering great sound quality rival to the wired stereo headset. When you are considering such headsets, you may no miss to count Nokia BH-905i. BH-905i is the successor of BH-905 with many improvements to its design and quality.
BH-905i possesses some impressive specifications. One of that is Active Noise Cancellation with it’s 8 dedicated microphones to cancel out background noise and 2 microphones for speech capturing and advance digital signal processing providing you clear communication experiences. Other features are nice audio quality, elegant design, wide compatibility, etc. But does it meet all our expectation very well? Let’s see.
Sep 26 2011
After Nokia announcing dropping of Ovi branding, you will have seen Ovi being dropped gradually, first social accounts then website etc, and finally Ovi Store is going to be replaced by Nokia Store.
Before Nokia Store is pushed as Software Update, Nokia has given its sneak peak to its betalab testers.
Nokia said on Betalabs:
We are offering members of the Nokia Beta Labs community a preview of the new Store client. Please help us in testing it before it is deployed in a software update.
This beta Store client will replace the current Store client on your Symbian^3 or Symbian Anna device, and it supports nearly all of the features as the official Store client (Web Runtime). The key new features this client brings include:
- Easier navigation
- Improved product details view, for a rich and fluid discovery experience
- Quicker, smoother and more responsive than WRT client
This new Nokia Store has Symbian Belle look. You can see that Belle style Status Bar and Toolbar at bottom. New store is made using QML components. Looks is quite stylish and smoother experience. Now there is no more blank tables when apps are being loaded but it is replaced by a rotating animation.
Well, seeing all these updates coming soon, I can say, we, N8 and first batch of S^3 devices, are getting Symbian Belle soon.
Aug 25 2011
As I posted yesterday here , Today Nokia at an event at Hong Kong announced Symbian Belle officially and announced new three phones 600, 700 and 701.
You can see the tech specs’ comparision of above three phones here: – http://l.ksg91.com/r43jkB
These phones will be launched in Q3 2011. Symbian Belle will be available for N8, E7, C7, etc in Q4 (hoping they meant 2011 :P)
This event has been very interesting for Symbian fans. Kudos, Nokia!
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