Monday, October 29, 2007

Nokia India site gets a new look

Finally the Nokia India site looks similar to the europe and other regional sites. Check out the flash which allows to compare upto 4 phones side by side, easy to use Store locater and all.

Check it out here.

Monday, October 22, 2007

E90 production stopped

First I thought its just a rumor. Today got some time to google about it and indeed I saw that the E90 is not in production for some time. It is now not available anywhere in India.
Its got some hardware issues with some components. No need to worry, from what I've heard It will be available very soon may be end of October :)

Check out this link related to all the production issue stuff.

Even got some time to fiddle with the beast today ,

Just noticed how dirty the inner screen gets with all the button impressions :(
More pics here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

BT WiFi Challenge : Symbian C++

One more developer challenge is on its way on BT.
Its about developing applications which utilize WiFi in the best possible way.

"Entries to the challenge must be applications created for Wi-Fi enabled Symbian OS-based devices. Entries must utilise the Wi-Fi connection of the device for some of their operation (though they may also operate over the GPRS/3G connection or in an offline mode). Entries should be native Symbian applications (J2ME MIDP applications are not eligible) and provided in a .sis install file."

Check out the prize:
"The winners of the competition will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in February 2008. The prizes on offer to the winning developers are:
  • First Prize - £1000
  • Second and Third prize - £250
  • Ten runners up - a Symbian press book"

More info here.

Finally a little hands on with the iPhone

More pics

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Nokia C++ MOSHup Challenge

Develop an S60 C++ application and upload it to your MOSH account. Register yourself on Forum Nokia India page and stand a chance to win one of the 3 N95's if the application is collected the most.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Nokia - India market share 53%

The battery fiasco has not affected sales in India, check out this report.

"Kishore told the agency Nokia, the world's top cellphone maker, continued to have a 53 percent market share in the country. Nokia's global market share is slightly below 40 percent."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mobile programming : Where to start?

Stumbled upon this very interesting post by Vivek Jishtu, he's put down his insights on various mobile programming platforms like Symbian, Windows Mobile, Brew, Linux etc...
Like many other developers he too points out what a pain Symbian Signing is, especially to the newbies. Prior to this signing stuff a newbie Symbian developer would just compile a HelloWorld application for the ARM target and transfer the sis file on the phone, but now there are more steps to see that simple HelloWorld on the phone.
So what does a newbie go through to get a HelloWorld on the phone?
First of all get the all the installations correct, which include Activeperl, Java Runtime, the SDK and an IDE (Visual Studio or Carbide). These were all that was required prior to 3rd edition.
Now once you have compiled the application on 3rd ed the following steps are required. Generate a certificate request file using this tool. Submit it to SymbianSigned to get a developer certificate (need to be registered on SymbianSigned first). Sign the sis file and then put it on the phone.
This installable file is tied to only one IMEI, so it wont work on any other phone :(. For the sis file to work on more handsets you need to purchase some certificate.
That is indeed too much of pain for a newbie and anyone who wants to make a freeware application.
One accomplished developer known to many Symbian developers is Antony Pranata, all the screen shots on my blog are because of his application. He could only come out with the newer version of the application when Epocware took on the expenses. Here's his post about the signing controversy.

So in a way I do agree with Vivek's thoughts about why he has preferred Windows Mobile and J2ME to Symbian. But I can just say one thing once you dive into Symbian programming and start to get a hang of thing's you will not switch to anything else. Nokia + Symbian is the best combination for mobile phones, and looking at Nokia's popularity around the world its seems like Symbian is here to stay.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Zingku : One more google takeover

Zingku is one more google takeover , interesting is that this company is into mobile txting and picture msging.

"Zingku's mission is to enable individuals and businesses to "mobilize their passion" by leveraging their personal network."

Check it out.


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