Busy week in Symbian world

We know that Symbian developers never sleep, but this week was very special. I give you the 3-in-1 post, hope you like it.

Firstly, the long anticipated Skyfire update arrived. Just in case you are living under a rock,  Skyfire is a free browser for your s60 mobile (and Windows Mobile phones), that delivers “The PC web, real fast, on your phone.” This update brought support for s60V5 phones, among other things.

The great thing about this browser is that it supports Flash 10 and Silverlight 2.0. It also integrates Twitter, Facebook, Gmail accounts very well, and shows selected updates on the Start Page.

You can also watch any video, including my favorite Apple.com/trailers (.mov files).

You can download by directing your mobile browser to get.skyfire.com

Secondly, OVI Suite (a PC application that allows you to connect your Nokia to your PC using USB or Bluetooth) was updated to v2.1. It’s still in beta, but it works very well, so go straight to Nokia Beta Labs site , and download it (you will need to sign in first with your Nokia account).

The official change log is:

  • Contacts sync with Ovi.com – keep your contacts safe online
  • Video support – transfer, play and share your videos
  • Get new device applications (Independent Application Delivery, IAD) – keep your device applications up-to-date
  • Windows 7 support – extended support for new operating system versions
  • Download Ovi Share library – get a copy of your Ovi Share content to your computer
  • Contacts sync with Mozilla Thunderbird – support for new, popular desktop PIM applications
  • Error fixes and performance improvements
  • New languages (Hindi, American English and Ukrainian)

And last, but certainly not the least, Nokia OVI Maps v3.3 now offers FREE Drive and Walk turn-by-turn Navigation!!!

Great move by Nokia, (as predicted by Steve Litchfield), that will most likely crush the competition. (Sorry about that Garmin, TomTom)

You don’t need a standalone GPS device in your car, you get this when you by a Nokia. Not any Nokia, to be precise. For now only the following phones are supported: X6, E72, 5230, N97 mini, 5800 XpressMusic, 5800 Navigation Edition, E52, E55, 6710 Navigator, and 6730 classic. The list is expected to grow rapidly.

Now, the only problem (for me) is that Serbia maps are unusable, because they are very, very, very low-detailed. I hope this will improve in a few months or so.

So, straight to nokia.com/maps and enjoy this free software.

  1. January 28th, 2010

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