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Nokia N82 firmware to include geotaggingThe release of new Nokia N82 firmware in the first few months of 2008 has been confirmed from the official S60 Multimedia Blog.

"I'm excited to share the word that this feature will be available in the next firmware release for N82. In the new firmware GPS Location Saving can be turned On or Off directly from the Camera Settings."

"Work on Location Tagging is progressing well, some other new features are also being added (that I can't talk about yet). What I can say is that the new firmware is on target for Q1 but I can't say when exactly it will be available."

"If you don't have an N82 but you have a GPS enabled S60 3rd edition device, or if you just can't wait until the new firmware is released for your N82 check out the Beta Nokia Location Tagger application available as a free download from Nokia Beta Labs.

The Nokia Location Tagger is a stand alone beta application that can give you a good idea how Location Tagging works. However, the Location Tagging User Interface that will be in the next firmware release for N82, will be will be simpler and thus easier to use."

When testing this service remember that GPS only works outside where you have a clear view of the sky.
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Who is who in Mobile 3D Game performanceGLBenchmark has published an online database with Mobile 3D game performance on almost all Symbian S60 powered devices. It is interesting to see that Nokia N93 outperforms almost all Nokia NSeries even N81 or N95. We are still waiting to see the tests of the newly announced Nokia N96 to see where it ranks.

Nokia released the N81 without a 3D chip while promoting it as a gaming phone. The lack of a 3D chip means the Nokia N81 won't be able to run the enhanced versions of games. Take a look at the mobile 3D games benchmarks and see where your phone is ranked.

Although these benchmarks aren't the real pointer, they surely show what your Symbian powered mobile phone is capable when it comes to mobile 3D gaming.

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Nokia 6220 Classic, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2The new Nokia 6220 Classic is powered by Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, having more eye candy, animations, transitions and other effects creating an experience that can compete with other mobile phones released from Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG or Motorola.

Nokia 6220 Classic, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2

Although this is not the final release of the UI, this video showing Nokia 6220 Classic is telling us what we can expect to see on the new Nokia 6220 running Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2.

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Nokia N78 introducedNokia N78Nokia N78 is a multimedia computer that combines music, navigation and photography with the benefits of mobility. The Nokia N78 is designed to take advantage of the new suite of Nokia services, including the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps, and Share on Ovi - a new online service that enables consumers to share their personal media.

The Nokia N78 is expected to start shipping during the second quarter of 2008, with an estimated retail price of approximately 350 EUR, before taxes.

The Nokia N78 packs a powerful range of technologies, including integrated A-GPS, with free Nokia Maps, WLAN and high-speed HSPDA 3G connectivity, a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and support for microSD memory card, currently available at up to 8 GB, to store favourite music and media.

 The novelties of the N78 are geotagging of photos and an integrated FM transmitter that allows music to be played on any FM radio, in a car or at home.

Taking advantage of its integrated A-GPS functionality and 3.2 megapixel camera, the Nokia N78 introduces the increasingly popular online practice of 'geotagging' to a Nokia device.

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Nokia introduces Nokia N96Nokia N96Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N96, a multimedia computer truly optimized for video and TV. With a large 2.8" screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and support for high-quality videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an exciting new chapter in mobile media. The Nokia N96 multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated sales price of approximately 550 euros, before subsidies or taxes.

The Nokia N96 supports common video formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video, making favorite videos easy to view. Transferring and accessing videos is even faster with the high-speed USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support. In select markets, the integrated DVB-H receiver offers live broadcast TV with an automatically updating program guide.

The massive memory can store up to 40 hours of video content. The storage capacity of the Nokia N96 can even be further expanded with an optional microSD card, such as the new Nokia 8GB microSDHC Card MU-43 which increases the available memory of the Nokia N96 to a total of 24 GB.  For added convenience, the Nokia N96 features a 'kickstand' on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.
The Nokia Video Center offers one place to discover and access a variety of mobile content ranging from movie trailers and comedy to news from world-leading content brands such as YouTube, Reuters, and Sony Pictures. The catalogue of internet video feeds is continually expanded with more regional and country specific content.

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Sony Ericsson G700 and G900 UIQ 3 smartphones

Sony Ericsson G900Barcelona, Spain – 10th February 2008 – Sony Ericsson today launched a new generation of phone: Touchscreen organisers with a broad appeal. The G700 and G900 phones are essential tools designed to organise the lives of all those with busy schedules to juggle, both at home and at work.

  • The G700 is here to help you live your life to the full. This personal organiser in-your-pocket keeps your contacts, calendars, notes, pictures and favourite Web sites all in one place and just a fingertip away. Touch and go.
  • The G900 has all the functions of the G700 with the added features of a unique new 5.0 megapixel Touch Auto Focus camera, touch photo album and editor. Perfect for those looking for a one-touch media experience combined with their organiser.

“Sony Ericsson is delivering touchscreen and innovative organiser capabilities to a wide audience without compromising on the size or shape of the phone. Both the G700 and G900 have regular keyboards and are no larger than a regular phone.” says Martin Winkler, Director Global Marketing and Head of Multimedia Web at Sony Ericsson. “These phones are ideal for users that are only interested in making their lives simpler. It’s not about technology for the sake of it.”

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Nokia N82 Black, available only in the USThe Black Nokia N82 is currently available only in the USA. You can back order it for $630 in some of the mayor online stores.
Black Nokia N82
You can download free Nokia N82 software here!

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Fake Nokia N95 8GBA fake Nokia N95 8GB has been spotted in China and several Ebay auctions. This Nokia N95 replica looks bulkier, has plastic buttons and has the Nokia Logo and the N95 8GB model in pale gray instead of silverish gray.

Further more, the phone is not Symbian powered S60 3rd edition (Feature Pack 1), but has some kind of OS if it can be called that. Watch carefully if you are buying this phone even in the US or Europe cos you will end up paying for a cheap piece of plastic that will probable fell apart in the first week or two.

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Worms - World Party for Nokia N-Gage 2.0 - unconfirmed videoThe phone games website ProjectNeXt has posted an unconfirmed video of what seems to be Worms for Next Gen N-Gage. Again, this is totally unconfirmed, but ProjectNeXt were the first to unofficially reveal the Star Wars N-Gage trailer video so they have something of a track record in this field.

Worms - World Party for Nokia N-Gage 2.0 Video Preview

THQ have already declared that they will release games for Next Gen N-Gage, and though they hadn't mentioned Worms so far it would make a lot of sense as the game was one of the most successful on the original N-Gage.
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AvantGo available for Symbian S60 and UIQ smartphonesAvantGo Symbian S60January 28, 2008 — Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., the global leader in mobile messaging services, today announced the launch of the AvantGo® client for smartphones based on Symbian OSTM and S60.  Symbian smartphone users can now access updated, customized content from thousands of mobile Websites anytime and anywhere - in either an online or offline mode - in a format that is optimized for the device.

Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market leading operating system for smartphones, licensed by the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers. To date, more than 165 million Symbian smartphones have shipped worldwide to over 250 mobile network operators.

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