808 Pureview Turns Out to be The Last Symbian Phone from Nokia

This is a bad news for the Symbian fans among us. After decades of working with the OS — which lead the mobile phone race by distance — Nokia has finally announced that it’s ditching Symbian for Windows Phone OS.

Needless to say, the decision was expected given the success of Lumia and Asha series of phones.

Although the decision, I think, came quicker than it should’ve as the company still sold 2.2 million of Symbian devices in the last quarter, Nokia has finally decided to call it a day on the OS.

Compared to those 2.2M phones, 4.4 million phones of the lumia series were sold and an even more astonishing 9.3 million phones of the Asha series. The devices which contributed to those 2.2 million phones were unarguably the Nokia 808 Pureview and the N8.

The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.

The last Symbian device, the 808 Pureview boasted the best camera among all its competitors with a 41 megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss lens and Pureview camera technology, not to mention the special ‘looseless zoom’ feature. Most of this technology was built by Nokia themselves in house.

This cuts the race down to 2 OS in the Nokia team and the smartphone race to 1. With no Symbian phones left, Nokia can now fully concentrate on the phones which sell the most. In case you don’t know, a Windows Phone with a better Pureview camera is expected to be released this year.

The Lumia 920, Nokia’s current flagship also boasts a Pureview camera but doesn’t yields quite nearly as good results.

So this is the end of Symbian. So long old fella. We hope you rest in peace. Long Live Lumia.

Nokia updates its maps – supports more countries and roads

Nokia has updated the map data, which is used on its navigation apps – such as Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive for Windows Phone, as well as the here.com web service.

The update includes three new regions, more detailed coverage in some of the previously supported areas as well as new or amended roads in various countries worldwide.

The three new regions entering the services are Israel, Serbia and Kosovo. They got detailed road maps and satellite views like the others.

Russia, Norway and Sweden maps now offer higher detail levels in woods areas for better orientation. The pedestrian paths also got updated with more routes to include lesser known parks. Greece, France and Ireland maps now offer better detail in less populated areas too.

Finally, the maps various countries were updated with new roads. For example 133 000 km of new roads were added to the UK map.

So, if you are using a Nokia mapping solution and you are using offline maps, now is a good time to check for updates.

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BitTorrent Sync joins the cloud storage race, hopes to use the BitTorrent network to beat Dropbox

Creators of the BitTorrent open source protocol have launched their own cloud storage service called BitTorrent Sync and it is rather unsurprisingly, based on the same protocol.

The service comes with its own application allowing users to store and sync folders to multiple devices. Interestingly, the service offers unlimited amount of storage making it a match made in heaven for large teams who collaborate on large files.

It works just as any cloud storage solution out there with the little detail that BitTorrent Sync omits the server part. This means that you’re essentially creating your own “cloud” between you and parties you choose using the help of the little app.

The advantage this gives you is that no third-party has access to your files and there aren’t any messed up privacy policies involved.

Currently, BitTorrent Sync is in pre-alpha development stage with the company gradually inviting users to give its latest service a test run. The app is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and you can apply for an invite from the source link below.

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Get $200 off current-gen MacBook Airs over at Best Buy this weekend

Starting today, BestBuy has a great deal on the current-gen MacBook Airs. You can buy them for $200 off Apple’s regular retail price.

I’ve never seen Apple products get such a deep discount – the prices are lower than those of Apple’s refurbished stock of MacBook Airs. I don’t know about you, but I had to double check that it’s not Black Friday all over again.

I am not implying in any way that there isn’t a more sensible ultrabook buy than the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs, but if you are on the market for one, this is a deal you just can’t pass on. Of course, the entry-level 11-inch notebook ($799.99) has some measly 64 gigs worth of storage, but I guess that both versions are acceptable in their respective 128GB flavors. Here are two quick links:

13-inch MacBook Air 128GB – $999.99
11-inch MacBook Air 128GB – $899.99

In case you are wondering, aside from the bigger display size, the 13-inch one has a higher resolution screen, a faster CPU and an SD card reader.

Then of course, we shouldn’t forget that come this summer, Apple will probably introduce a new-gen MacBook Airs and rumors say these would have Retina screens, among other things. But as we saw with the MacBook Pro with a Retina screen – this thing comes with a premium of up to $500, so I would guess a $200 discount on the current gen would still be a good score even 6 months from now.

The deal starts today and will run tomorrow, too, but stock is limited so if you are thinking of making a move, you better make it fast.

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Alpha version of the Jelly Bean ROM for Xperia T now available

Those first rumors of the update being released turned out to be a hoax, but Sony seems to be working hard on bringing Jelly Bean to its Xperia T flagship (and probably other smartphones too). The company just released alpha version of the ROM to any one who can’t wait any more.

To install the ROM you’ll need an unlocked Xperia T, and you’ll have to unlock your boot loader and follow some instructions. Keep in mind that according to Sony, unlocking a bootloader will prevent you from getting the real update when it’s released and is an irreversible action.

The alpha version of the ROM is quite poor though and is recommended only for developers. All connectivity services are NOT working as Sony is still waiting for an approval from the authorities – GSM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and FM radio are a no-go.

Also, the UI is not yet updated to the final Jelly Bean looks and the Google Mobile Services are not pre-installed – so there are no Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.).

Basically this ROM is impossible to use as a daily driver and only good for developers who need to test their apps.

Huawei now in top 3 smartphone makers as Samsung extends lead

Samsung and Apple have posted strong Q4 numbers with smartphone shipments reaching tens of millions of units, but as IDC points out in its latest report they were the only winners in 2012. Two Chinese companies have now made it to the top 5 of the smartphone manufacturers, overtaking makers like RIM, LG, HTC and Nokia in the process.

Huawei’s smartphone shipments grew by 89.5% year-over-year, allowing the company to capture 4.9% of the market. This makes the company in third place, even if some way off Apple with 21.8% and Samsung with 29.0% market share for Q4.

In fourth, Sony managed to ship 9.8 million smartphones for a market share of 4.5% in the previous quarter, scoring a nice 55.6% YoY growth. ZTE stands fifth, accounting for 4.3% of all smartphones in Q4.

For the full 2012, the picture is rather different, Samsung holding an even larger advantage over the second-placed Apple.

Nokia and HTC, RIM did enough work in the first three quarters to get third and fourth and fifth spots for the full year, respectively.

Samsung is also king as far as total number of phones sold in Q4 is concerned (smartphones and featurephones). Holding 23% of the market, the Koreans are followed by Nokia, which thanks to its Asha and cheap S30 series of phones managed to climb to the second spot with 19.6% market share. However, the Finns have allowed they shipments to slip 19.5% YoY.

Apple could only manage third here, as it only manufactures smartphones, while the final two top 5 spots are occupied by Huawei and ZTE. is still on top with a market share of 23.7 percent, which is 22.7 percent more over last year’s results.

The final numbers released by IDC concern total phone sales in 2012. Samsung accounted for 23.7% of the 1.7 billion hadnsets shipped last year, having a comfortable lead at the top.

Nokia came in second with 19.6% of the market, while Apple was a very distant third with its 8% share. ZTE and LG completed the top 5 list with 3.8% and 3.3% of the shipments, respectively.

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A pair of new BlackBerry Z10 press pics make the rounds

Courtesy of @evleaks, we get to see a pair or high-quality press pics of the yet unannounced BlackBerry Z10.

It’s not like we haven’t seen tons of image material devoted on the BlackBerry’s upcoming flagship, but the clarity of press shots like these can hardly be matched by any of the previously leaked mugshots.

We can’t really judge the quality of materials used, but design-wise, the Z10 seems fine. Yes, it’s a tad conservative. And yes, the sheer width of the screen bezel may be bit over the board for some, but it would nicely suit any guy in a suit (pun intended). Our point is, it may not be an instant eye-catcher but at least it won’t look out of place both in the meeting room and in a bar.


BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry will hold a press conference next week – on January 30 – where it’s supposed to unveil its next generation BlackBerry 10 OS along with the pioneering flagship, pictured above – be it called Z10 or something else.

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