It looks like Sony Ericsson are stealing a page from Nokia’s book of how to advertise with the launch of the latest campaign to get a total of 60 people in 3 different locations (20 from each) to be the stars in adverts for the latest Sony Ericsson headsets.

All we currently know about the headsets is that one is VH-series and the other is HBH-PV-series but details of actual models or features is a mystery for now!

If you think you have what it takes check out the video below on how to enter:

Today sees a landmark step in Nokia’s development with the introduction of their first and second Dual-SIM phones in the form of the Nokia C1 and C2. Nokia are in no way the first to make a dual-SIM phone, as Samsung have previously tried it with one handset in the UK (not sure if they have any other elsewhere) and I’m sure you have seen the hundreds of China phones which try to copy the styling of many other phones including Nokia, Apple, etc. which also support dual-SIM.

The phones in the Nokia C-Series are generally designed to be basic handsets which just work without all the extras which a lot of people still don’t want or use, and these handsets are no exception. They still look good and quite similar to Nokia’s recent 1xxx, 2xxx and 3xxx series handsets.

There is a difference in the way each of the handsets work though:

  • Nokia C1: This is a double sim phone more then dual-SIM, as you can only use one of the 2 SIM’s at any one time, but at least you don’t have to remove the battery and switch off every time you need to switch! – One nice feature of this is a bright LED torch which is useful as this is aimed more at third world countries where the power goes off quite often. The phone is a decent size at only 15mm thin and weights 73g (with battery), full colour screen. It should be available in Q3 in blue, red, light grey and green.
    Other features include:
    Standby battery of up to six weeks (longest ever on a Nokia phone)
    500 phonebook entries
    250 text messages
    FM radio
    Standard 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Nokia C2: This is a true dual-SIM handset which allows both inserted SIM cards to work simultaneously and as an added bonus, the second SIM can be hot-swapped which means you can change it without switching the phone off – try doing that in any other dual-SIM phone! It is also expected to be on sale in Q4 this year and you will be able to get one in grey, black, magenta, dark blue or white.
    Other features include:
    Support for micro-SD cards up to 32GB
    FM Radio
    Up to 1,000 entries in the phone book
    Standby time of up to 16.5 days
    VGA camera
    Bluetooth
    GPRS
    Compatible Software:
    Ovi Life Tools
    Ovi Mail
    Nokia Messaging

Hopefully we see this feature in future smartphones from Nokia quite soon but either way it is a step in the right direction.

Here is a gallery of pictures for your viewing pleasure, enjoy:

Note: the first 4 are the C1 and the last 3 are the C2

OK I have made a few posts previously about fMMS (by frals) for the Nokia N900 over at “mynokiablog.com” (by Jay Montano) but since the updates, a lot has changed so I thought I would start fresh on my own blog so that you have a single point of reference which I will update as and when required.

fMMS version at last post update: 1.3

One of the main things to note is that for a lot (if not all) people, choosing Image Width “Original” does not work as the network does not support very larg files, so I recommend selecting “Large”, “Medium” or “Small”, but more details are below.

Useful Links
Before I start, here are some useful links to resources which may help should this post not answer your questions:
Developer’s Site: http://mms.frals.se
Developer’s Blog: http://blog.frals.se/
Maemo Forum fMMS Thread: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=51890
Maemo MMS Wiki (with more network settings, etc): http://wiki.maemo.org/MMS

F.A.Q.

Questions

How do I Download / Install fMMS?
How does sending / receiving MMS messages work on the Nokia N900?
How do I send a MMS?
How do I receive a MMS?
Do I need to install fAPN for fMMS to work?
I can’t see fMMS in Application Manager, where is it?
What types of media does fMMS support?
Does it matter what format I enter the phone number?
It says sent on my phone but the other person never receives the MMS?
What do the different connection modes mean?
What do the different “Resize image width” options mean?
I can send MMS but I can’t receive, why is it doing this?
I get error: “Operation failed. MMSC: 200_OK. BODY: □□j”, what is wrong?
I get error “Name or service not known”, what is wrong?
How do I use the Share service on the N900 to send MMS?
My settings do not work or are not filled automatically, what settings should I use?

Answers

How do I Download / Install fMMS?

How does sending / receiving MMS messages work on the Nokia N900?

Sending and Receiving MMS messages is now as easy as any other device out there when Havoc mode is selected, the only difference is that all MMS messages you send and receive are stored in the fMMS application and currently only images are supported for sending, but you can receive almost any type of MMS (video, image, audio, etc)

How do I send a MMS?

Currently fMMS on the N900 can only support images, please be aware you may need to change the image size to “large” or “medium” as some netowrks restrict the size of image you can send.

How do I receive a MMS?

You should be able to receive most formats of images, videos and audio clips which have been sent via MMS to you.

Do I need to install fAPN for fMMS to work?

No! Since version 1.0.0, there is no more need to different APN’s, etc as all the MMS settings that you need to enter and done through the fMMS application. See further down for how to get to the configuration screen.

I can’t see fMMS in Application Manager, where is it?

The application should be in the Network Category of the maemo.org (a.k.a. Extras) catalogue as shown above but if you cannot see it, you may have somehow disabled or deleted some of the default application catalogues,

Solution: Just check out my Nokia N900 Application Manager Catalogues post and make sure you have all the Default Application Catalogues correctly entered and also enabled (i.e. disable box not ticked).

What types of media does fMMS support?

Sending: Currently only images are supported. Please do not ask when other files will be supported as I don’t know. It is possible that only images will ever be supported.
Receiving: You should be able to receive almost any type of MMS, so far I’ve tested images, videos and audio files.

Does it matter what format I enter the phone number?

The number format should not matter, it should send if you enter it in the same way you do for sending normal texts.

If you have issues, use international format, i.e. +447123456789 instead of 07123456789 for UK

It says sent on my phone but the other person never receives the MMS?

This could be caused by several thing, make sure the receiver’s phone is correctly configured and if it still does not work, ask them to call their network to ensure that Internet and MMS are enabled (if internet is disabled on an account, MMS will not work either).

One thing I noticed on one of my phones is that it changed the MMS settings on the receiving phone (not the N900) to contact settings instead of pay as you go, so check this.

What do the different connection modes mean?

Connection modes:

  • Polite: This mode only connects to the MMS APN if no other connection is active. If you have another APN active, such as WiFi, you will have to manually change connection to send or receive MMS
  • Rude: Automatically takes down your current connection (i.e. Wifi), connects to the MMS APN and when it’s done reconnects to the previous connection if possible.
  • Havoc: This is what other phones do (albeit much more reliably), it opens a second connection to the MMS APN in parallel with the one currently open. As an added bonus, the MMS APN is hidden from the “Connections” UI in this mode as it does not need to be visible.
    Note: Due to the nature of the kernel in Maemo 5 there are some ugly hacks involved in this, so if your current connection and the MMS APN configuration share the same network namespace, things might get ugly. Also, if the application fails in some way when opening/closing a connection in this mode it MIGHT lead to the modem not being able to open a new GPRS connection until the device is rebooted. You have been warned. Note: Frals has been using this mode for more than 3-4 months and not yet had it happen also I have used it for about 2 months and no issues ;)

What do the different “Resize image width” options mean?

The latest update not includes several different options of image size, this will just re-size the image you are sending to a fixed width which can be useful if you are sending to a device which only supports MMS images up to a certain size, etc. Also some networks might have a file size limit. The different sizes correspond to the following different widths:

  • Small: 240 pixels
  • Medium: 320 pixels
  • Large: 640 pixels
  • Original: no resizing (this mode does not work properly unfortunately)

I can send MMS but I can’t receive, why is it doing this?

Some networks flag customers who have previously been unable to receive MMS on their phones to receive a text with a link to view the MMS online, and sometimes this is not automatically updated if at a later date you are able to receive MMS on the same device.

Solution: Call the network and inform them that you can receive MMS and they should update this, it might take some time for it to start working, i.e. 48 hours (maybe more or less though depending on the network)

I get error “Operation failed. MMSC: 200_OK. BODY: □□j”, what is wrong?
You will see this error if the file your are trying to send is to large as some operators have restrictions.


Solution:In settings, change the “Resize to” option to the next size down. As this application resizes based on width, if you have a portrait image, you might have to select a lower width then with landscape images. I usually use Medium for portrait images and Large for Landscape images.

I get error “Name or service not known”, what is wrong?

It could be either:

  • Incorrectly entered APN settings
  • Network level block for internet on your account – If internet is disabled, this will also disable MMS!
    This maybe something which you have requested or applied by the network for some reason.

Solution:

  • Double check settings for typos, etc. it is easy to enter the number zero instead of the letter “o” or vice versa sometimes!!
    Note: Scroll down on APN Configuration screen to enter port number
  • Check with your network that internet and MMS are enabled.

How do I use the Share service on the N900 to send MMS?

The share service will load the fMMS application up in “New Message” mode and auto load the selected image into fMMS.

Solution: To use the Share service, follow these instructions:

  1. Find the image you want and either:
    • Long press on the thumbnail and click on share
      or
    • When the image is opened full screen, click the image to show the options, and click the share button (second from last icon with the 3 connected dots)
  2. Click on “Share via Service”
  3. Click on “Account”
  4. Scroll through the list and click on “MMS”
    If it is notthere then:

    1. Click “New”
    2. Scroll down and click “MMS”
    3. Click “Validate”
  5. Optional: Click “Options” to change the image size.
  6. Click “Share” and it will load up fMMS with the image loaded into it

My settings do not work or are not filled automatically, what settings should I use?

To get to the configuration screen, see below:


NOTE: Scroll down on APN Configuration screen to enter port number

The following settings are for most of the UK providers, for providers in other countries see the Maemo MMS wiki here: http://wiki.maemo.org/MMS

NOTE: for o2, make sure to enter the letter “o” & number two, not the number zero two!

O2 UK (Contract)

  • Access Point Name: wap.o2.co.uk
  • MMSC: http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002
  • Username: o2wap
  • Password: password
  • Proxy: 193.113.200.195
  • Port: 8080

O2 UK (Pay As You Go)

  • Access Point Name: payandgo.o2.co.uk
  • MMSC: http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002
  • Username: payandgo
  • Password: password
  • Proxy: 193.113.200.195
  • Port: 8080

Orange UK

  • Access Point Name: orangemms
  • MMSC: http://mms.orange.co.uk
  • Username: (leave blank)
  • Password: (leave blank)
  • Proxy: 192.168.224.10
  • Port Number: 8080

T-Mobile UK

  • Access Point Name: general.t-mobile.uk
  • MMSC: http://mmsc.t-mobile.co.uk:8002
  • Username: user
  • Password: tm
  • HTTP Proxy: 149.254.201.135
  • Port Number: 8080

Vodafone UK (Contract)

  • Access Point Name: wap.vodafone.co.uk
  • MMSC: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms
  • Username: wap
  • Password: user
  • HTTP Proxy: 212.183.137.012
  • Port Number: 8799

Vodafone UK (Pay As You Go)

  • Access Point Name: pp.vodafone.co.uk
  • MMSC: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms
  • Username:wap
  • Password:wap
  • Proxy:212.183.137.012
  • Port number:8799

Three UK

  • Access Point Name: mms.three.co.uk
  • MMSC: http://mms.um.three.co.uk:10021/mmsc
  • Username: (leave blank)
  • Password: (leave blank)
  • HTTP Proxy: 217.171.129.2
  • Port Number: 8799

Virgin UK

Note: Virgin must enable MMS for your account. Contact Virgin Customer Services

  • Access Point Name: goto.virginmobile.uk
  • MMSC: http://mms.virginmobile.co.uk:8002
  • Username: user
  • Password: (leave blank)
  • HTTP Proxy: 193.030.166.001
  • Port Number: 8080

Tesco Mobile UK (Pay As You Go)

Note: Tesco use o2 cell towers, so the use of the o2 MMSC below is not a typo!

  • Access Point Name: prepay.tesco-mobile.com
  • MMSC: http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002
  • Username: tescowap
  • Password: password
  • HTTP Proxy: 193.113.200.195
  • Port Number: 8080

BT Mobile UK

  • Access Point Name: mobile.bt.uk
  • MMSC: http://mms.bt.com/servlets/mms or http://mmsc.btmms.co.uk:8002
  • Username: user
  • Password: btmms
  • HTTP Proxy: 212.183.137.012 or 62.239.21.123
  • Port Number: 8799

ASDA Mobile UK

  • Access Point Name: asdamobiles.co.uk
  • MMSC: http://mms.asdamobiles.co.uk/servlets/mms
  • Username: wap
  • Password: wap
  • HTTP Proxy: 212.183.137.12
  • Port Number: 8799

If you are like me, and own an N900, go to use the camera but forget to close it, just to discover later that it’s open and full of dust a, I’v got a great little app for you (humm…sounds like I’m making a commercial!).

Well what we have here is an app by Nicolai Hess called “Lens Cover Reminder”.

Simple put, it does what it say’s on the tin, when ever you open the lens cover on your N900, it will show a small icon in the status bar at the top, and as soon as you close it, it will disappear:

Lens Cover Opened

Lens Cover Closed

As well as this, you get an added extra warning if you leave it open, in the form of 2 vibrations when ever you lock the phone via the slide lock switch on the side of the device.

The application is currently only available in the extra’s development catalogue (settings here) so I cannot guarantee it’s stability but for me it seems to be working fine!

p.s. if you don’t know already you can also use your camera LED’s as a powerful torch using the the Flashlight app in the standard Extras catalogue (aka Maemo.org catalogue)

There are a lot of posts out there by a lot of people including myself with details for additional Catalogues you can add to your N900 to gain access to a whole load of other applications but I thought I might as well make a post with all the ones I know about and also so I have a single reference point so that I don’t have to keep posting the details below over and over again, so check out below for details of catalogues currently available.

If you know of any other, please post and I will add to the list.

How to add or edit a catalogue

NOTE: If you break your phone after downloading something from one of these, don’t blame me! I have not tested every application in every catalogue below so as far as I know they could all cause your phone to self destruct! – You have been warned!


Additional Application Catalogues

 

I would recommend that you disable the catalogues below after you have installed the application you were looking for as many people have completely bricked their phones by installing applications from here, and a while back, so did I, it took me a long time to get my N900 back to life and I was lucky that I was able to but I lost everything from my phone (So do a backup of the phone and the Mass Memory before you start)….

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Maemo Extras Testing

As you can tell by the name of this one, it is a load of applications that are still being tested, so don’t expect them all to work properly and they can start to cause problems if you install things you are not sure about.

Catalogue Name: maemo.org testing
Web Address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras-testing/
Distribution: fremantle
Components: free non-free

Maemo Extras Development

I DO NOT recommend this one for noobs or even pro’s, this is only really for Developers, as I know a lot of people who have completely bricked their phones  after installing applications from it so only add at your own risk! (I’m only sharing it so that developers can see what applications are currently being designed and know where to publish their applications in the early stages)

Catalogue Name: maemo.org devel
Web Address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras-devel/
Distribution: fremantle
Components: free non-free


Default Application Catalogues

 

These are only here for those of you that might have accidentally deleted or edited the standard catalogues. I would advise you not to disable any of these as by doing that sometimes applications in other catalogues will not download / install!

Nokia Applications

Catalogue Name: Nokia Applications
Web Address: https://downloads.maemo.nokia.com/fremantle/ssu/apps/
Distribution: ./
Components:

Nokia System Software Updates

Catalogue Name: Nokia System Software Updates
Web Address: https://downloads.maemo.nokia.com/fremantle/ssu/203
Distribution: ./
Components:

Ovi

Catalogue Name: Ovi
Web Address: https://downloads.maemo.nokia.com/fremantle1.2/ovi/
Distribution: ./
Components:

Maemo Extras

Catalogue Name: maemo.org
Web Address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras
Distribution: fremantle-1.3
Components: free non-free

Not so long ago, Sony Ericsson bought out the Vivaz, a touch screen phone running Symbian OS (with a Sony Ericsson front end) and sporting a 8.1 mp HD camera. Now Sony Ericsson is set to launch the Vivaz pro, a slightly thicker version of the same phone with the added ease of a full qwerty slide out keyboard and some OS tweaks. you can see my previous post below: Introduction to Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

Today sees the commencement of shipping which means in not too long, we should hopefully start seeing it stores so if you liked the Vivaz but wanted it to have a qwerty, get your wallets ready! and as an added extra we have we now know that the Vivaz Pro and even the Vivaz have been confirmed to support up to 32GB micro SD memory cards.

Well I hope you are ready all you N900 users in the UK, it looks like our dreams have been answered…after years of nagging Nokia to release firmware quicker in the UK (at least for the OTA one), it looks like it will happen first with the N900 today (May 25th), everyone else will have to wait until tomorrow (May 26th) – if you are impatient though you can download via the Maemo flasher tool and that is available for everyone!

New games in the Ovi store (officially with appear on May 27th after Ovi store update):

  • Jurassic 3D Rollercoaster
  • Zen-bound
  • Angry Birds (level pack)
  • Sygic
  • Kroll
  • Weatherbug
  • GoGadget

Some of the games previously showcased by Nokia Conversations:

OS Improvements and new features

  • Email – accept or decline an event invitation in your inbox
  • Facebook IM chat
  • Video calling
  • Portrait browsing
  • Ovi Maps UI (still looks like no voice navigation…but we’ll see!)
  • Customizable menu (if I remember right, the “more” icon no longer exists, and everything is in the primary menu which is nice!)
  • Search now available in the application manager

MeeGo Support

There is also some bad news guy’s, it looks like MeeGo will not “officially” be released for the N900, but Nokia will continue to provide updates for Maemo like this one.

V10.2010.19-1 in action

You might have heard some rumours in the last few days about Nokia and Yahoo! joining forces, and now we have the official story!

Nokia Ovi and Yahoo! both to provide great services, but you have got to give Yahoo the credit when it comes  to their e-mail, they have done it for years and with Nokia’s acquisition of Navteq in late 2007, the maps they have are excellent, so by working together to bring things like “Ovi Mail – Powered by Yahoo!” (including chat) and “Yahoo Maps – Powered by Ovi”, you the users will get the best of both worlds and hopefully the ultimate experience when it comes to the services they both provide on Mobile and desktop.

In time we should also see a simplified sign in process as Nokia have already started with the Ovi services they provide, meaning less usernames and passwords to remember which will be nice (maybe something similar to the Microsoft Passport Network / Windows Live ID system).

Nokia & Yahoo! CEO's

Nokia & Yahoo! CEO's

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO, Nokia had this to say about the announcement:

“We’re enabling millions of Yahoo! customers in key markets including North America to discover the unique capabilities that Ovi Maps brings. Similarly, Yahoo!’s online expertise will bring exciting mail and messaging enhancements to millions of Ovi Mail customers across almost every country around the world, many of whom will have their first Internet experience on their mobile.”

Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo! joined OPK in his enthusiasm:

“We’re excited to expand the reach of our best-in-class Mail and Messenger services, bringing personalized experiences to more people across the mobile Web, particularly in emerging markets where we are seeding the next generation of Yahoo! users. At the same time, we believe Nokia’s strength and continued investment in maps and navigation will greatly enhance our existing products, enabling us to focus on areas that are core to our business.”

Nokia and Yahoo!'s Statistics (thanks to Rafe Blandford from allaboutsymbian.com for this illustration)

Only a few day’s ago we heard Google announce that we should expect in the next 2 weeks or so that the latest 2.2 Android firmware, codename: Froyo (no it’s not a frozen yoghurt), would be coming to the Nexus One and then rolled out to everyone else soon after, but it looks like the update will come much sooner as last night/this morning, the update showed up via the Manual updater tool so if you want it, try and see if  it’s available for you! If you are a bit more patent, you can try wait for the OTA (Over the air) update to come out but why would you want to do that!!!

Some of the people who have already loaded it on their phone, say they love the speed improvement and much more. After looking at the UI updates, I noticed things like;

  • New UI modes “car mode” and “night mode”
  • Improvement to multitouch operation
  • Camera now works in portrait
  • Wifi hotspot option (not sure how much the networks will like that!!)
  • and much more!

The Android Developers page shows us that the following updates are to be expected:

New User Features

Home

New Home screen tips widget assists new users on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens.

The Phone, applications Launcher, and Browser now have dedicated shortcuts on the Home screen, making it easy to access them from any of the 5 home screen panels.

Exchange support

Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.

Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.

Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.

Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).

Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.

Camera and Gallery

Gallery allows you to peek into picture stacks using a zoom gesture.

Camera onscreen buttons provide easy access to a new UI for controling zoom, flash, white balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure. Camcorder also provides an easy way to set video size/quality for MMS and YouTube.

With the LED flash now enabled for the Camcorder, videos can be shot at night or in low light settings.

Portable hotspot

Certain devices like the Nexus One can be turned into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that can be shared with up to 8 devices.

You can use your Android-powered phone as a 3G connection for a Windows or Linux laptop by connecting their phone to the computer with a USB cable. The connection is then shared between the two devices.

Multiple keyboard languages

Multi-lingual users can add multiple languages to the keyboard and switch between multiple Latin-based input languages by swiping across the space bar. This changes the keys as well as the auto-suggest dictionary.

Improved performance

Performance of the browser has been enhanced using the V8 engine, which enables faster loading of JavaScript-heavy pages.

Dalvik Performance Boost: 2x-5x performance speedup for CPU-heavy code over Android 2.1 with Dalvik JIT.

The graph to the right shows the performance speedup from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 using various benchmark tests. For example, LinPack is now more than 5 times faster.

Kernel Memory Management Boost: Improved memory reclaim by up to 20x, which results in faster app switching and smoother performance on memory-constrained devices.

For those of you with the Sony Ericsson X2, I have some good news, the latest Major update is now available for a lot of people now, and hopefully everyone else by the end of the week! To check if you can update, just head over to: http://www.sonyericsson.com/update or if you already have the Sony Ericsson Software Updater, just load it up and check!

The update promises improvements to performance and stability throughout the phone and much better finger-friendliness.

The key updates are below:

- Usability improvements throughout including vastly improved finger and touch responsiveness

– Further overall refinement to the browser (IE6), boot-up time, software text input (XT9), and the dialer

– Consistent user experience with cool new themes and the upgrade to WM 6.5.3

– Stability improvements in all core applications and interactions

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