Well, last week the Nokia 603 got updated to v111.030.0607 and we were told the N8 would officially get the same firmware. Some have already flashed the leaked version of v111.030.06.07 onto their N8 already.
Yash reports it’s on Navifirm so that suggests it might appear on official streams soon?
Source: Nokia keeper!
Nokia Keeper apparently managed to get confirmation about when the next Windows Phone Update, codenamed Apollo, is coming to devices. And that would be the ‘middle of next year.’
Michael Halbherr, Nokia’s Executive VP for Location and Commerce, told engadget that Apollo will be available for devices in mid-2012 and be a “very different game” compared to Mango, which might be a hint to Windows Phone 8 instead of just a WP 7.6 update.
Not much is known about Apollo at this point but apparently Nokia has been pushing Microsoft to include NFC integration and a “positioning framework” so that it works better with Nokia’s navteq mapping platform for location-based services.
At the “Amazing Everyday” Nokia Lumia launch event in Mumbai yesterday, the Nokia India executives kept mentioning that something huge is coming to Nokia Music starting 2012, but wouldn’t share what it was.
Today, while downloading the latest chartbuster in India “Why this kolaveri di”, I noticed that instead of the usual DRMed WMA file, what I had was a simple MP3 file.
To check whether this was specifically for that one off song or the entire music store, I went ahead and downloaded a song which for which I still have the old WMA DRM protected file. To my surprise, the file I downloaded today was a DRMless MP3 file. I played the track on an ANDROID device to check, and the file worked fine.
I am not sure if this is what the Nokia India executives were talking about at the event, but nonetheless, this is a major development! DRM has been nothing but a pain & hindrance in daily use.
This is the old DRM protected WMA file
This is the new DRM free MP3 file
The other day we told you about the Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette prediction that Nokia WP devices will have a dismal quarter and will hardly sell the targeted quarter million units. Now we’ve got some sites closer to Nokia saying that the report was basically full of it and the demand for the Lumia 800 is quite high.
And here come some facts to back up those claims. The Nokia Lumia is the second most-popular smartphone in the Vodafone UK website, just behind the black iPhone 4S. What’s more the cyan version of the WP smartphone comes in third and that one is still on pre-order.
The online store of the Netherlands carrier KPN tells a similar story, with the Nokia Lumia 800 the second best-selling smartphone there. Some other Dutch stores also list the Lumia 800 as sold out, though we are not sure if that’s due to high interest or low supply.
We also got word that many Orange stores in UK are out of Nokia Lumia 800 units to sell.
We’ll only know for sure when the Q4 numbers came in, but for now it seems there’s more truth to the Nokia reports that they are having the best first week of sales so far, than to that Pacific Crest analysis.
Nokia Conversations is reporting on Antenna Man Sam and Nokia’s research Centre where they’re testing out, amongst various things, Antenna performance.
Apparently the Nokia N9 clad in polycarbonate for Antenna performance, is indeed top of the chart. The similarly designed Lumia 800 supposedly is yet to be tested.
GSM Arena is reporting on some smartphone shipments stats in Q3. Furthermore, the number of shipments grew to 23.9M – that’s 58% by their count. In US however, the numbers apparently fell 7% to 23.3m.
Making up the most sales in China is Nokia at 28.5% or 6.8m, Samsung not too distant at 17.6% with 4.2M units. China is a very important market for Nokia with Nokia users in China in excess of mobile users worldwide for any other manufacturer. However it’s not a completely pretty picture as competition is gaining ground. Cheaper and knock off versions at low end, and likes of ZTE and iPhone at top. Nokia plans to launch the Nokia Lumia in China in the spring of 2012 which should help bolster up their high end offerings.
Top of the USA is HTC and Apple, neither of which though shipped as much as Nokia in China.
The US is still the works largest smartphone market by revenue, but China has displaced the USA in terms of volume.
Hmm, well last weeks rumour that Belle would be here in a week or so still hasn’t appeared (or have I missed something?). It’s still November…there’s still time. And Q4 doesn’t officially end until December 31:p.
It seems though that the Belle coming soon page has been updated with N8 and E7 along with X7, E6 and 500.
I can’t wait for this to get on my N8! (I mean the official one, not the various leaks some of you guys have been brave enough to try).