As we reported at No More Swype For Symbian Now? , Swype stopped working on Symbian almost one and a half month back. However, as said at Fix For Swype For Symbian Is Available , we got a fix for it but it required hacking.
Guys at Swype did promise about a new update extending the beta trial. Finally, we have received a new beta build which is working, again.
Hey there Symbian users. We’ve made a small patch for those of you who’ve experienced the timeout on S^3 and S60. Click that download link over there to find the update. We’ll be watching the forums so reach out if you experience any problems. Thanks Symbian Swypers for all of your dedication, and I hope your Swyping finger isn’t too lazy from the holiday feasting.
In the spirit of Symbian and 2013, we’re giving away some Swype gear at www.facebook.com/swype. Head on over and try your luck 🙂
More to come!
Peter @ Swype
Head to Betalabs to download the new built.
I was one of those who was lazy to hack and use a fix. Finally after 40 days, it feels great to be back on swype, what about you?
Yesterday, Swype for Symbian’s beta expired and stopped working as we reported. Update was unlikely from the developer, but great community has finally managed to find a fix for it.
varfolomey on Daily Mobile Forum has patched the dlls to update the expiration date for the beta build and as he stated, he updated year to 2099!
Swype was programmed to work until today, now it is useless and hangs whole the system
Since no update is coming we need to try to patch some dlls ourselves.
Only unpacked PenInputLayoutPluginSwype.dll contains a date – oct 19 2011 (screen)
This is a date when package was build (screen2)
I tried to put 2012 instead of 2011, but that didn`t help
So I managed to fix Swype at last. I was correct about 2011 in a first place. My mistake was that I packed modded Dll and Swype didn`t start. Just now I decided not to pack it and it worked. I changed date to 2099.
put file into c/sys/bin folder and restart
if you have swype installed on E drive, you should put file into e/sys/bin and hash file into c/sys/hash
Big thanks to him for a quick fix. This is just an another example of how great community never lets Symbian or MeeGo die (completely).
Not a totally true title though, but considering various points, it’s all same. The first release of Swype appeared in store long back when there was no split screen support in Symbian. Even the swype didn’t have it. The second version of Swype came into the Nokia Betalabs with split screen support and few improvements and finally it was the version which was usable. I believe all swype users on symbian relies on this beta version.
After the Nokia’s transition from Symbian to WP, support for most beta products in Betalabs for Symbian was removed. Latest beta release of Swype mentioned that it was the last beta release for Swype and next release will be made into store and this release was back in 2011! This second version never came to store, neither a new beta release was made. Well, it didn’t matter to most because all had access to this beta release.
But today morning, Swype started reporting “A new version is available. Please update to continue using it”! Though you can type using the keyboard, but you cannot swype. Update available? No update in store, neither in betalabs. Apparently, beta version expired today. So you are now forced to use swype from store which is without split screen support (doesn’t make any sense in this world!). Looking at the Betalabs’ approach towards Symbian, it’s hard to say if a new version for Symbian will be released. We are left with two choice, either just use swype keyboard without swype support or get a old swype from Store. Third option maybe to get back to Symbian’s default keyboard.
Personally, I never liked the Symbian’s default qwerty keyboard. Keys are not properly aligned to make it feel natural. However, Nokia Belle FP2 keyboard is somewhat usable, but hey I am on Belle Refresh. I am really hoping either we get a new beta or the existing beta is graduated and released to store.
The Nokia 808 is nothing short of a wonder,a miracle. The looks of the phone don’t and can’t tell much about what goes on inside, about what the 808 is all about.
The device has a very weird shape, going from beautiful to outright ugly depending on the angle you look at it from. The hump on it’s back is responsible for this transmogrification of the device. The curved body, however, is a pleasure to hold, fits neatly in the hand and the polycarbonate shell that covers the phone’s back provides an excellent grip.
The front of the phone is dominated by the 4 inch display covered in Gorilla glass. The hardware buttons are grouped in a plastic strip much like the 603 and the Lumia 710. The display is curved like on the Lumia 800, but the curvature is not as prominent as on the WP device. The curved display makes swiping left and right easier and the phone also slides in and out of you pocket easier.
On the right hand side you’ll find the volume rocker, the lock/unlock knob and the dedicated camera key. The camera key fires up the camera application even when the phone is locked.
On top of the phone you’ll find the HDMI port, the micro-USB port and the 3.5mm jack port. The HDMI port is protected by a plastic lid, and considering you won’t use it everyday, that’s a good thing.
The box contains the phone itself, a data cable and charging adapter, and a pair of hands free headset. I was kind of disappointed because I was expecting accessories at least like the N8 box. There is no USB-On-The-Go cable and no HDMI cable either. For such an expensive phone, I think those two were supposed to be in the box.
On the back of the phone you’ll find the gigantic camera hump that hides the amazing 41MP camera sensor. The camera is helped by the Xenon flash which is said to be 4 times more powerful than the unit on the Nokia N8. The camera can shoot 38MP photos in Creative mode, 8MP photos in PureView mode and record full HD videos at 30 frames per second. The cherry on the top here is the fact that the 808 provides lossless zooming while recording videos, which is a first for smartphones.
The phone is powered by an 1400mAh battery which is good for about two days of moderate to heavy usage, including shooting photos and videos.
Unfortunately the micro-SIM card and the SD card slots are located under the battery so they are not hot swapable.
If you’re thinking of buying this phone you’d better do your homework first. This phone is going to offer you so many shooting modes that you won’t know where to start and where to finish. Don’t get me wrong, that is a good thing, no, actually an amazing thing. This phone will shine in the hand of a person who knows he/she’s way around a camera. That does not mean that non camera savvy people cannot use it. Just switch to the PureView mode and you’ll get some amazing 8MP photos without breaking a sweat.
The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz CPU which is helped by a dedicated camera GPU to process the enormous amount of data the camera sensor captures. The device packs 512MB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and it’s animated by Nokia Belle Feature Pack 2 formerly known as Symbian Donna.
Feature Pack 2 is the last steer in the MeeGo direction that was started with the original Belle. I don’t know about the performance improvements that Feature Pack 2 brings because I have no means to compare Feature Pack 2 with it’s predecessors. All I can say is that the last Symbian iteration runs unbelievably smooth on the 808. Considering the experiences with Feature Pack 1 that other people wrote about, I believe that Feature Pack 2 is indeed an improvement.
Feature Pack 2 mainly brings changes to the aesthetics of the OS and not so much on the functionality. The only major functionality change is the portrait QWERTY keyboard that has been almost completely replaced. I say almost because in full screen edit mode, for example, the old QWERTY shows it’s ugly head once again.
A new button has been added to the homescreen toolbar, and that is the search key, which is a shortcut to the search app. No biggie there.
The context menus now appear all centered and that is a good thing since you no longer have to chase the context menu around the screen. This change also brings consistency across the OS. The apps menu has also been refined and now looks more like the menu Qt apps have, with the first and last menu elements having rounded corners.
As with any device, there are some pros and some cons. Here they are in my opinion.
– Mind blowing 41MP camera
– Xenon flash
– Amazing camera app – very customisable helps you make the most out of the amazing camera sensor
– Speed is better than ever
– Good battery life for a smartphone
– Lock/unlock knob is very useful
– The curved glass display is a real treat
– ClearBlack display has really deep blacks
– Symbian is dead a.k.a. In maintenance mode
– Web browser still not as fluid as should be with heavy pages
– nHD resolution it’s kind of stretched on the 4 inch display
– Poor choice of apps compared with rival app stores
– Way too thick by today’s standards
– Lack of a power button makes accidental shutdown a real problem until you get used to how it works
For Symbian fans this is the phone of their dreams with a decently sized display, a fast processor, amazing camera and superb build quality. The price however, will be a setback for those of you who are not crazy about having a phone that can shoot photos better than a digicam, but the 701 will provide the same user experience considering the similar specs.
All in all the 808 is a competitive smartphone. The only glitch that I can complain about is the web browsing experience that is not on par with today’s top shelf smartphones. The web experience is the fastest Symbian has ever seen, but compared to Windows Phone or Android it’s in the mid-range. It’s not a showstopper like it was on first generation Symbian devices. It seems that Nokia had managed to finally find a hardware combination that brings Symbian into the present of smartphone OS’s. Too bad this is the end if the line for Symbian.
The Nokia 808 is proof of what Symbian could have been and but never got the chance to become until it was to late. It’s ironic that Nokia manged to bring Symbian to a competitive level two years after it practically buried it. It’s Nokia’s latest, last and greatest Symbian. It’s Symbian’s greatest device and death sentence all in one.
The first impression Belle Refresh left me was a big disappointment. And in some aspects it is. This is supposed to be the last big update for the N8 generation so I was expecting more. And by more I mean more FP2 features. But it didn’t happen. Now that I got over that initial WTF moment it’s time to take a look under the hood to see what are the performance improvements that arrives with this new update.
First of all let’s tackle the browser. Updated to version 8.3 the browser brings some subtle but worth noting user interface updates. Besides the back and forward buttons we have the windows and a favorites buttons that make your life a bit easier when navigating the web. The favorites button opens up a three tabs panel with most visited, bookmarks and history. It’s good thing that all bookmarks and favorites are in the same place. The usual web browser menu, a reminiscence of S60v5, is now gone and you can do basically the same operations as before from the context menu.
Another improvement, and this is a big one, is the browser rendering speed. It’s a big improvement over the old version with zooming in and out being now way smoother than before. You can even zoom in and out as the page loads and it works pretty well. Unlike before when you used to get lots of lag even after the page was fully loaded, now you won’t see anymore if those lags. So, the updated browser gets a big thumbs up. If you compare this version to the S60v5, you can’t tell the current one is an evolution of that old version.
Between all the clock widgets that were included in this update, there are others that were really needed and welcomed by us all. The first is the Data Counter widget that comes with a small app too and tells you how much mobile data you’ve consumed. You just need to set your monthly limit and the day your limit gets reset. You can also choose to disable the mobile data when the limit is hit to avoid extra costs.
The second much needed widget is Mail,New arrival. This one can replace the big old half homescreen mail widget with a shortcut that shows you a badge notification when you have new mail. I would have liked to see the new mail notification in the system pull-down area and on the lockscreen, just like the notifications for new messages and missed calls. It’s not very ergonomic to unlock you phone whenever you want to check if you have new mail.
The third widget that is worth mentioning is the Contacts widget that can now show a group on the homescreen and not just your favorite contacts. In the old Belle if you would have added the Contacts, favorites to your homescreen three times, you would have got the same contacts in all widgets. Now, if you define 3 different groups you can have three different widgets, one for each group. A big improvement over the old approach.
Also, worth mentioning are the toggle widgets fro 3G, Mobile Data, Offline mode and Silent mode.
Belle Refresh also includes the latest QT version, 4.8. The new version seems to have boosted the speed of the apps written in this language. Apps seem to scroll smoother and the touch input has been optimized for swiping gestures. Without needing to update the existing apps they run smoother and accidental scrolling when you intended to swipe happens a lot less now.
But the Belle Refresh update didn’t just improve things, it also broke some apps. That was expected from third party apps that had compatibility issues, but I wasn’t expecting that to happen to the Microsoft Office suite. The new update rendered OneNote useless. Synchronization was gone and I wasn’t able to login to my account again for one simple reason: I could not type in my username and password. When I touched the input fields the keyboard did not pop up. Maybe a hard reset will fix it, but at the moment I am don’t want to lose all my user data because of this issue. Maybe Microsoft will issue an update, but it’s unbelievable that Nokia’s new best buddy didn’t do it’s homework to properly test the office suite with the latest Belle update.
Even though not all expectations were met with this new update, it’s clearly an improvement over the original Belle, but I hope this is not the end of the line as far as updates are concerned for the first generation of Symbian^3 devices.