Nokia today launches the latest C5 device, an inexpensive touchscreen smartphone with a couple of neat features that may well pique your interest if you want a new device that’s simple to use but covers all of the essentials for modern-day phones. What’s new with the C5-03? Find out more and feast your eyes on the pictures after the break.
The device has a 3.2-inch touch display and now features Wi-Fi, for fast internet access without the need or expense of a data plan. It also features a compass and assisted GPS for use with the latest version of the free Ovi Maps hands-free navigation service, now featuring public transport support and location sharing through social networks. Like many recent Nokias, you can put your most important contacts directly onto the homescreen so you can call, message or chat them up in just two taps. The C5 has a 5-megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, but no flash. Read more
Forget all that Mini stuff, Opera is bringing its full-flavored mobile browser to Android some time very soon indeed. To tempt people on board, the new software will support hardware acceleration for buttering up frame rates while you zoom around at potato-scalding speeds, while pinch-to-zoom will also be implemented in a big O Android browser for the first time. Opera Mini will be partaking in the latter upgrade as well, while Opera Mobile proper is expected to make its debut on the Android Market at some point over the next month. All versions of the “well diversified” OS are supported too!
In the latest “hack an FM radio onto that Android device” news, Cyanogen has added FM radio to the Nexus One. In the latest changelog of the Cyanogen nightly build, the notes state that the changes include:
- Common: Stable shot camera mode – Cyanogen
- Common: Dual-mode snooze (long press dismiss) – Evan Charlton
- Common: Compose SMS/MMS via search button long press – Wes Garner
- N1: FM Radio support
- N1/DS/Hero – Slightly better Gallery3D orientation fix – Jonas Larsson
- N1/DS – Kernel 2.6.35 based on Pershoot’s repository
- Supersonic – Kernel 2.6.34 courtesy of Toast and Madcoder
You heard it here, folks. If you’ve got a rooted Nexus One, the infamous “developer phone”, and you either:
A) Haven’t updated your CyanogenMod build to the latest nightly, or
B) Haven’t tried out CyanogenMod at all,
Be sure to hit up the xda-developers Nexus One development forums for more info.
Don’t forget about the Nokia N900! Word on the net (the Meego blog to be specific) is that PR 1.3 update is coming soon and that you’ll be able to dual boot between Maemo and Meego. The last update, PR 1.2 was released last May.
Here’s a quote from the official Meego blog:
On the Maemo side, there have been interesting, supporting developments going on, as well. The PR 1.3 update is quite close now, and with that you can easily dual boot between Maemo and Meego on your N900. There is also a possibility of developing applications supporting both operating systems, based on Qt and Qt Mobility APIs on the Maemo side. It means that you can develop once in PC with Qt Creator, and test your applications on both Maemo and MeeGo, directly on your N900 device!
This is exciting news since a lot of Nokia fans are looking forward to the new Meego OS. We also love getting firmware updates on our devices, so Maemo fans are going to be happy. Dual booting different OS sounds great too. That means we can change the user experience if we don’t like one of them. We’ll keep our eyes open for updates on this development.