Nokia Introduces 5530 XpressMusic

Nokia 5530

“Nokia today announced the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, a music-focused, touchscreen phone running S60 5th Edition. It will be available from Q3 2009 at a cost of €200. It has 2.9 inch (640 x 360) touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, accelerometer, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio and will ship with a 4 GB memory card. The homescreen features a 20 person contact thumbnails carousel with communication and conversation history just a touch away. The drop down media bar gives fast access to key phone functionality including music, photos, video, web and share. Effectively the 5530 is a cut down version of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic with a smaller screen, no 3G connectivity, and no GPS.

Key points about the phone

  • 2.9 inch touncscreen (640 x 360, 16 million colours) with tactile feedback.
  • Phone dimensions: 104 x 49 x 13 mm (68 cc) and 107g.
  • Runs S60 5th Edition on Symbian OS 9.4. This is Nokia 3rd S60 5th Edition phone and follows on from the Nokia 5800 and Nokia N97.
  • Homescreen with application shortcuts, mini-music player and Contacts Bar – Nokia’s ‘person centric user interface’ with easy access to communication options and history. The drop down Media Bar gives quick access to key phone functionality.
  • Quad band GSM with EDGE (class b, multislot class 32, max download 296 kbps, upload 177 kbps) and WiFi connectivity.
  • Stereo speakers with ‘surround sound’, 3.5 mm audio jack, integrated FM radio. Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and AVRCP prfile for stereo Bluetooth headsets. Access to Nokia Music store for music purchase. Sync with Nokia Music for PC with HiSpeed USB 2.0.
  • Inbox contents: Nokia 5530 XpressMusic device with stylus, 4 GB MicroSD memory card (MU-43), Nokia Battery BL-4U, 1000mAh, Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-8, For China: Nokia USB Charging adapter AC-8C + CA-100C, Nokia stereo headset WH-205, Short Micro USB Connectivity Cable CA-101D, Mini DVD, User Guide
  • The phone will be available in 6 colour variants: black-red, white-blue, black-grey, white-pink and white-yellow.

Key differences from the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

  • Cost – the 5800’s stated cost at launch was €279 compared to €200 for the Nokia 5530. That’s nearly a 30% difference. If it launches in the UK the 5530 street price would be around £170 – £190, but would likely go down in time. This compared to the 5800 which started at £250 and has ince dropped to £225.
  • Smaller touchscreen (2.9 inches versus 3.2 inches).
  • The 5530 is significantly smaller and lighter: 104 x 49 x 13 mm (68 cc) and 107g versus 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm (83 cc) and 109g.
  • No 3G connectivity, instead the 5530 relies on EDGE and WiFi.
  • No integrated GPS, which will limit the utility of location software.
  • Different homescreen. The 5530 has a 20 person contact carousel (similiar to the 5630), rather than the fixed four person homescreen of the 5800.
  • Different box contents. The 5530 has a different headset, no TV Out cable, no spare stylus or plectrum, a smaller memory card and no carrying case.

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The Nokia 5530 is an example of how Nokia is looking to push S60 further down the mid-tier market segment. It will be one of the cheapest touch smartphone of the market when it launches later this year and uses the S60 platform to deliver key music software and services.” via

Hand Reading Pro just released for Symbian S60 5th Edition phones!

“It’s all in your hands!” This hand reading software will guide you to self-understanding with many simple and entertaining image tests. Learn Hand Analysis / Reading with your mobile phone. Surprise and impress your friends. Discover more about yourself. Entertain your family or even read other people’s hands and know more about them.
It is fun!!!
Analyze you Palm / Fingers and discover everything about you & your inner thoughts. How to read palms the different lines and their meanings, hand shapes, fingers shapes, health carreer & love in your palms.
The program consists of three major parts:
Heart line.
Head line.
Life line.
Saturn line.
Apollo line.
Mercury line.
Gifts and marks.
Hand shapes.
Compability. FULLY SUPPORTS Symbian S60 5th Edition Touch Screen! (Nokia 5800, N97, Samsung Omnia HD)” More here:

Nokia N79 gets a Firmware update to v30.011

“The Nokia N79 was one device I never did get the pleasure of trying out. For you lucky owners of the device though, Nokia’s released a firmware update for the N79 to version 30.011.

According to the press release :

This software release comes with stability improvements and new features that help you stay in touch with your friends. Contacts include Ovi features that allow you to locate your friends and receive updates on what they are doing. You can also chat with your friends and share your favorite places with them. This release also includes improved video stabilisation. To get this software through your device, type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. Additionally this software release is available through the Nokia Software Updater:


Nokia E72 unveiled, pics and video!

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“The all new Nokia E72 boasts a host of new features including optical scrolling and a five-megapixel camera. Building on the success of the E71, the E72 takes the very best of Nokia’s most successful QWERTY device and makes it even better. The super-slim 10mm frame has been refined with some sleek design touches and inside the device is treated to a range of user interface improvements too.
The optical navigation key makes scrolling through emails a breeze and also helps bounce around the menus quickly and easily. The camera has been upgraded to a full five megapixels and heavy data users will love the support for up to 10.2Mbps connections over HSDPA. The audio jack has also had the upgrade treatment with 3.5mm jack now appearing on the top of the device.Nokia Messaging is also on board (with a lifetime license) and now supports access and easy set up for Instant Messaging accounts including Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Ovi, amongst others. Email set up is even easier than before through Nokia Messaging, Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.Sound quality on calls is improved with the addition of active noise cancellation and navigation gets a boost with the addition of a digital compass. Maps is also integrated and comes with a lifetime walk and 10 days of turn-by-turn navigation, if activated within the first three months. You don’t need to be worried about getting caught in the dark either – a single press on the spacebar key will activate the torch! The Nokia E72 is expected to begin shipping late in the third quarter of 2009 at an estimated retail price of €350 before taxes and subsidies.

Key changes from the Nokia E71

  • The E72 runs S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, which gives performance (speed and battery usage), usability (middle softkey, improved multitasking, FOTA with UDP, re-arranged settings and menus) and software architecture (Open C, PIPS, WRT, wider multimedia support, security enhancements) improvements.
  • The messaging software suite has been updated (similar to the Nokia E75). Nokia Messaging and Mail for Exchange are now fully integrated into the Messaging application and there’s support for multiple email account identities. For the consumer this means a new email client (based on Nokia Messaging), push email for consumer accounts (Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, ISP) and updated Microsoft Exchange functionality. The device includes a lifetime subscription for Nokia Messaging.
    Additionally, Ovi Chat, Nokia’s instant messaging software, is pre-installed. It is accessible via the Contacts application, includes basic location features and supports Ovi accounts, Google Chat and Yahoo Messenger.

    e72 screenshot

  • Upgraded version of Quickoffice (version 5.3), includes full editing mode and support for Office 2007 documents.
  • Support for Nokia N-Gage (via soical media press release, unconfirmed – see comments).
  • Ovi Store will be pre-installed on the Nokia E72.
  • The layout of the bottom row of the QWERTY keyboard has been changed. With a smaller space bar, there’s room for two extra keys. The bottom row now consists of: function, shift, symbol, @, space bar, ?, !, ‘, Ctrl (previously: function, shift, @ space bar, ‘, ? and Chr). The control cluster has been redesigned, with the one touch keys made out of etched aluminium (similar to the E55). The D-pad now features a Optical Navi™ Key (optical ‘track pad’) for eaiser scrolling.
  • There is a 3.5mm audio jack (previously 2.5 mm).
  • A magnetometer (compass) has been added as a compliment to the GPS. Ovi Maps is included, along with a lifetime Explore license (pedestrian) and a trial (10 day) Drive license. The device ships with Ovi Maps version 3.0 (instead of Nokia Maps 2.0).
  • Support for USB charging via microUSB port.
  • The specification indicate that UPnP is supported, but it is unclear whether this would include the Home media software.
  • Increased internal flash memory – up to 250 MB from 110 MB. Free RAM is expected to be around 80MB.
  • Faster up and down connection speeds with support for 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA (whether you can use these will depend on operator support).
  • Call sound quality has been improved, with the addition of active noise cancellation.

Palm Pre Gets Native Linux Nintendo Emulation

“Chalk up another one to the folks behind the Pre dev wiki. Shortly after publishing our first expose into the current state of Pre hacks, details of another big accomplishment have just made their way out. Original NES Nintendo emulation is now possible if you can brave the developer mode switch and follow a few recompile and configuration instructions. Basically, it works by installing a native Linux version of the FCEUltra NES emulator from within a Debian chroot. Head over to this wiki page for the step by step. You can also check out a quick demo video embed after the break. ” via