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Nokia Ovi Store now available

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Following in the footsteps of the App Store by Apple, App World by BlackBerry and the upcoming Windows Marketplace from Microsoft, Nokia have just released their new store for downloading Apps and other content to your phone.

The new OVI store is designed to make it easier to download applications directly to your phone, without having to connect to your PC first, and is available as a free download to everyone with a compatible phone – currently Nokia handsets running Symbian 60 (N-Series, 5800, E-Series etc)

To get the Ovi store on your phone, you need to download it using the ‘Download!’ service on your phone. You’ll need to refresh the content in order for it to show up, and once downloaded and installed you’ll be able to browse the store for new apps. If you don’t have the download service on your phone, you can also visit store.ovi.com.

Even though it’s still early days for the Ovi store, for my Nokia N82 there were still over 550 paid apps available and 64 free apps with prices ranging from £1.50 to over £40. Content in the store is broken down in to 4 categories, Applications, Audio & Video, Games and Ringtones, and you can filter by free/paid.

Downloading content isn’t quite as seamless as the App Store on the iPhone, but no doubt over time this will only get better.

To use the Ovi Store, you will need to have an Ovi account, but if you already use any of the other Ovi Services (Share, Contacts, Files, Maps, Calendar, Mail, N-Gage, Music) then you’ll be able to use the store with your current sign in details, although to avoid any nasty billing surprises, it’s probably worth registering your credit or debit card, rather than having them charge your phone bill.

If you want to know more about the Ovi Store, allaboutsymbian.com have a pretty detailed walkthrough on how to use it on their site.

Source: Ovi Store

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Use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Nokia phone

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Email on mobile phones is becoming a pretty standard feature, but the one thing that still puts me off emailing on a traditional handset, is having to type (a sometimes lengthy) email using the mobile phone keypad. Predictive texting and phones with half/full qwerty keyboards do make this a little easier, but its still not the same as having a proper, full sized keyboard.
The good news for Nokia owners is that if you have a handset that runs on S60 (think Nokia N95, N96, 5800 etc..) you can use a full size Bluetooth keyboard with your phone. Officially this isn’t supported on all phones, but un-officially all Symbian 60 devices are supported!

Now obviously if you’re walking down the street trying to email, this is going to be of no use to you what so ever, but what if you’re out of the office and need to reply to that email or maybe you’ve plugged your phone in to the TV to watch back your photo’s and want to be able to control your phone remotely?

We’ve put together a short guide that tells you how you can set up your phone to work with almost any Bluetooth keyboard. Read More…

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Push Email for Nokia Symbian S60 phones

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Push Email for Symbian 60Nokia have just launched a Beta version of their free push email service. Users with mobiles running Symbian 60 3rd Edition software, such as the Nokia N95, can sign up to use it on the Nokia Email website.

Once you’ve created your account, and entered your existing email details, you are sent a link to download the application to your phone. The service works by checking with your existing email provider for new messages and then pushing them over the air to your handset.

Push email works in a different way to email on your Desktop PC. Rather than logging on and retrieving your emails at specified intervals, the email application maintains a constant connection to the email servers so emails are delivered straight to your handset almost as soon as they are sent.

The great thing is that its doddle to set up, unlike the native email application on Nokia Handsets. You don’t need to change your email address and the service works with all POP3 and IMAP email providers. Corporate email and Hotmail are yet to be supported, but this could change in a future version.

The application runs quietly in the background, without any noticable drain on your battery. Emails can be set to come through instantly or you can manually check for new emails.

The one slight negative that I’ve found so far, is that it doesn’t mark emails as read on the server only on the handset. Not a problem for me, as I only get about ten emails a day, but for heavier business users this could lead to spending extra time sifting through the inbox figuring out which emails have been read. Hopefully this is something that will be addressed in future versions.

With Nokia Email you are able to:

  • View, respond, forward, compose and delete emails.
  • Manage your email inbox, outbox, drafts, and sent folders.
  • Set the days and times your device receives email.
  • Search contacts already stored on the handset.
  • Call the sender direct from the email.

Currently there are 11 officially supported handsets, the E51, E61, E61i, E65, E66, E71, E90, N73, N80, N81 8gb and the Nokia N95. We’ve also tried this on the N82 and the N95 8gb, and it seems to work fine.

Head over to the Nokia Website for more details.

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