Symbian Anna downloads begin today

Today is a good day for owners of the first generation of Symbian^3 devices – the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7. The promised Symbian Anna software update is ready and downloads will begin to be available today. The update includes new icons, a portrait QWERTY keyboard, faster web browsing and better maps. All the details after the break.

What’s in it?Lots. Let’s break down the main changes section-by-section. There are the new icons, of course, but there’s a whole lot more under the hood.

Improved text input
  • There’s a portrait QWERTY keyboard for fast, single-handed typing.
  • There’s also a split-screen view while you’re typing, so you can see the web pages, forms and message threads you’re replying to.
Better browser
  • The browser is easier to use and faster, and offers better compliance with recent standards.
Enhanced Maps
  • Ovi Maps now has a simpler and quicker search function.
  • It also includes public transport routes.
  • And you can check in to social networks, send emails and SMS messages sharing your location.
Business features
  • Email improvements include full meeting request support.
  • Hardware-accelerated encryption of your phone’s data for true business-grade security.
  • Secure intranet access for business users who need IPSEC and SSL VPN enablers.
Near-Field Communications
  • Symbian Anna also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7, for easy sharing, games, use with NFC-enabled accessories and reading NFC tags on other items.
For developers
  • Flashlite 4, Java Runtime 2.2, Qt Mobility 1.1 and Qt 4.7 bring things up-to-date for developers.

How do I get it?The Symbian Anna update will be available through Ovi Suite on the PC or the SW Update app on your phone. This is a large download, so for speed and reliability, the Ovi Suite method is best. We do not recommend that you attempt to update over-the-air unless you have a strong and reliable WiFi connection.

Where and when?Countries that will receive their updates this week include the following:

Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, the UK, and more

Other countries are mostly confirmed for the next three weeks.

Enjoy your newly-refreshed phone, Symbian^3 users. And there’s more to come…

Nokia N9 Availability in Canada, France, Spain, USA and Ireland at Expansys and Mobile City


Expansys Canada also has the Nokia N9 on pre-order. n9The availability list here just shows were the Nokia N9 should be available now based on what we have heard around the web. The official availability list consists of Nokia sites with N9 pages. There are also alternative network/retailer availabilities to consider.Update: Availability of Nokia N9 for Expansys France, Spain, USA and Ireland.
 Hopefully not just there for space placement.Availability List:
  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bulgaria
  4. China
  5. Croatia
  6. Finland
  7. Greece
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Hungary
  10. Malaysia
  11. New Zealand
  12. Portugal
  13. Poland
  14. Romania
  15. Russia
  16. Saudi Arabia
  17. Serbia
  18. Singapore
  19. Slovenia
  20. Sweden
  21. Switzerland
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. Vietnam
  1. Italy
  2. Philippines
  3. Indonesia
  4. Belgium
  5. Brazil
  6. South Africa
  7. Turkey
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Mexico
  10. Argentina
Network/retailer confirmed availability
  • Norway (via Telenor)
  • UK (via Expansys/Play/MobileFun)
  • Kazakstan
  • Germany (
  • Denmark (via Telia)
  • Canada (Expansys)
  • India (IndiaPlaza)
  • France (via Expansys )
  • Spain (via Expansys )
  • USA (via Expansys )

Announcing Symbian Anna aka ‘PR2’

Today we launch the renewer version of the Symbian operating system. This version – which has been referred to previously as PR2 – is now known as Symbian Anna. It comes with a faster browser, improved text input, fresh, new icons and the latest version of Ovi Maps. Symbian Anna will also be made available for owners of the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 in the coming months. Text input has also been improved: there’s the long-awaited portrait QWERTY input, plus a split screen when entering text into web pages and apps, so you don’t lose sight of what you’re filling in. 
For business users, the update also includes instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, email enhancements that include full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption.

For version watchers, the application versions available in Symbian Anna are:

Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.

Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN

Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN

Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images

Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.

For Developers:
Flashlite 4
Java Runtime 2.2
Qt Mobility 1.1

The exact dates on which Symbian Anna will be available for download to existing devices are not yet available, beyond “in the coming months”. We’ll keep you posted as soon as more information is available.

Introduction for Nokia C7


Email and Social Media

Designed for staying in touch

Everything is ready straight out of the box with fully integrated email and social networks. For you this means real-time emails from your work and personal accounts direct to your home screen. You also get live Facebook and Twitter feeds 24/7 to keep you constantly up to date. Simply choose what’s right for you.

Instant sharing online

Share your status, photos and location Nokia C7 helps you share life as it happens. With the preloaded app, it’s easy to share news and update your status and location across one or more social networks. Or check-in on Ovi Maps to let people know where you are and meet up with friends who are close by. And whenever you have a great photo or video to share, simply upload to Facebook and Twitter.

Fully customizable home screen

Real-time emails and live updates 24/7 This is where it all begins. From day one your home screen is live and always up to date. New emails, the latest Facebook and Twitter feeds, news headlines and much more – everything you need at a glance. And simply add shortcuts to the three customisable home screens to access even more of your favourite apps with one touch.

Beautifully crafted

Ultrathin and powerful Small in size, big on performance – Nokia C7 has it all. This powerful smartphone brings together polished stainless steel and real glass in a slim, compact design. Everything looks clear and bright on the AMOLED full-touch display, with vibrant colours and details brought to life. And straight away you’ll notice just how good it feels in your hand as you type or browse.

Connect, Discover and Share

NFC built in NFC offers an easy way to connect and share without any wires or any hassle. Simply touch your Nokia C7 on a compatible headset for fast wireless pairing – or touch another NFC-enabled phone to share photos, videos and contacts, and play multiplayer games with friends. Also, look out for NFC tags on movie posters and other places for exclusive interactive content.

8 MP camera and HD video

Capture life in HD Reach for your Nokia C7 whenever a photo opportunity comes along – with the large 8 MP sensor you get great results every time. Switch to HD video to shoot your movies in stunning high definition and enjoy them again on the bright AMOLED display. And from the gallery it’s really easy to share through email or upload straight to Facebook and Twitter