Finally the incredibly light weight instant messaging application has been released for Nokia (Symbian.) Kik gave news of the private beta, available early this morning following the Nokia World conference. The Kik application looks amazing compared to the vast majority of the Ovi Store applications and runs smoothly on what looks to be any symbian^3 device or Symbian S60 v5.
Here are some Screenshots from the Private Beta:
Kik has covered all their Nokia bases by also releasing an incredibly sexy new Windows Phone 7 OS version of their app, enabling users of Nokia’s new phone line (800 and 710) to Kik.
You can sign up to get the Symbian Kik public beta on the Kik website. This is a must have app for a Nokia N8 and 701!
For those who have purchased a Nokia N8 and are wondering if it is worth it to upgrade this is a complete review of Symbian Anna. We are going to go over the top three upgrades.
The first issue is the issue that the N8 has is that there is no portrait key board. Symbian Anna has a great portrait keyboard it has the same tactility of the regular keyboard. Another upgrade to the keyboard is there is the ability to have non full screen mode. This becomes very useful when trying to remember the context of a text message you are sending.
The second upgrade is the Web Browser. The new Symbian Anna web browser is a lot faster and easily search on google and bing.
The New Camera Interface is very user friendly and takes the Nokia N8 camera to the next level. Along with the upgraded UI, the main feature added is Continuous Auto-Focus (CAF) while recording videos. This will greatly increase the recording quality of videos.
Overall I would recommend the upgrade for all N8 users. Try it out!
Nokia has made it incredibly easy for anyone who is connected to the internet to create their own application with the Ovi App Wizard. It basically captures the RSS feed from your blog and prints it to a neat looking, customizable, application frame that you can put on the Ovi store either for free or for a price not exceeding 5 Euros. You can also turn you Facebook, Blogger, Tmblr, Youtube, Picasa, and Flickr feeds into sections of your Ovi app, or give them their own independent applications. Up to 4 feeds are allowed per application and they can be from the same platform (ie. 2 rss feeds from different sites of yours.)
What You’re Going to Need
Feed Url(s) If your using WordPress it will be the www.yourblogs.com/feed/, otherwise all you need to do is copy the url of your account
A Logo for Each Feed This should be a 256×256 pixel PNG, JPG or GIF that will be displayed on the Ovistore website, Ovistore app, and in the users app drawer as the app icon. Make sure its not too complicated as many Nokia phones will scale it down to 60x60px and you dont want it to look blurry or “mashed”.
A Banner for Each FeedThis should be a 360×60 pixel PNG, JPG or GIF that will be displayed across the top of the application. Uploading a screencapture of you blog header that’s at the perscribed size will do fine, Ovi wizard has a cropping tool for you to get the size perfect.
(Optional) A Millennial Media or an Mpression AccountThe Ovi App Wizard lets monotize your app beyond including a price tag by adding advertising. Unfortunately, it can only be served by one of the two ad distributors listed above.
Once you’ve got all your components, just follow the Ovi Wizards instructions and you’ll end up with something like this →
The text colour of the links and app bar are both customizable, as is the background colour of the app bar itself. The placement of sections (ie the app bar, banner, posts) are not customizable but you can choose to display your posts as a grid of pictures instead of the title excerpt. In our example we only have a blog feed, if you have other feeds included in your app then there would be a drop-down menu on the app bar to navigate between them.
So we’ve crafted this nifty Nokia app with about an hour’s worth of work; not bad. Its a great tool for reader/fan retention and it can turn into solid source of revenue from advertising or sales. The App wizard also has an automated social network sharing tool as well as a web tool to create a banner for your app.
Try it out and post your app links below in a comment!
We are on a quest to try and find top 3 chat applications that are available for Symbian^3 the OS Running on the N8. There are a couple of really big chat applications available for Symbian. There are a couple of things that I rate the chat applications on:
1. Efficiency – are they efficient and not going to suck away at your battery life?
2. Cross Platform – Are you going to be able to communicate with your friends on other platforms
3. Usability/Design – Is it easy to use and start a chat, and is it visually appealing?
4. Features – Are there a lot of cool features?
1. Nimbuzz – Currently we have found that there though this messenger seems bulky this application is the most feature complete as it has its own dedicated user base, as well as allowing you to communicate over MSN Messenger, Facebook Chat, Google Chat, as well as a variety of other services. As well they are VOIP provider allowing you to make network calls. This app needs to improve their ability to automatically select the network interface to use, as it makes the user experience weird. On my N8 running on rogers in Canada, when first starting the application on a 3G network a modal view is brought up asking me connect to a wireless network. If I did not select a wireless network Interface the application would crash and force me to select a wireless network. If this was intended as a feature, then please take it out, or allow the application to select a default network interface to connect on.
2. Skype – Everyone knows Skype, but it seems like they can’t get the user experience right on Symbian^3. This application was seemed slower to load and killed my battery life. I did really enjoy the audio quality on VOIP calls, when it comes to VOIP providers, Skype team knows what they are doing. The Good thing about Skype is that they still have a massive cross platform support for their own skype user base.
3. WhatsApp – I never really liked whatsApp on Android or Iphone (Iphone client they charge for), and I really didn’t like it on Symbian though It was very lean on battery and the it does not really feel well. As well, it would bring itself in focus at the most random times. And very often times crashes when the phone is in Offline mode.
In summary I liked Nimbuzz the most, but I think we need another messenger client to enter the game on Symbian that will really stand out in by their User Experience and efficiency. Since Nokia has just released their first set of devices with the Notifications API, many of the symbian chat apps keep constant network connections and thus eat your battery.
If you have any suggestions as to other messenger clients for the Nokia N8 ( I have already looked over IM+), then leave me a comment below.
Press menu and go to Web Browser > Settings > General and change Access point to Internet if it isn’t already selected. You should now be able to access the internet on your N8!
Next we have to adjust the MMS settings so that we can send and receive text and media messages. Go back to the network destinations scream by following Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations and follow these steps to create an MMS access point:
Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido MMS”.
Select Media Messaging on the Select destination prompt
This should bring us back to the destinations screen, select Media Messaging and then Fido MMS. Fill in the fields according to this:
Connection name: Fido MMS
Data bearer: Packet data
Access point name: mms.fido.ca
Prompt Password: No
Password : fido
Now select Options on the bottom left and choose Advanced Settings
Network type: IPv4
Phone IP address: Automatic
DNS addresses: Automatic
Proxy Server address: 205.151.011.013
Proxy port number:0
Press back twice and power the phone off then on.
Finally, go to Menu > Messaging > Options > Settings > Multimedia message and change the “Access point in use” to “Fido MMS”. You can now send and receive text messages on your N8!