Tips/Tricks

So you want to develop apps for Nokia? Here’s how to start.

2 Jan , 2012  

Let’s face it. Applications contribute to part of the reasons why people are passionate about different mobile platforms. Applications equally contribute to part of the reasons why people purchase certain brands of handsets. Have you ever wondered how these day to day applications you use are developed? Of course they are developed by normal human beings like you and I and they do benefit from the market as soon as their application(s) become popular demand. Now, let’s guide you on mobile application development:

What to Do

  1. The first thing you need to do is to MAKE UP YOUR MIND. You could ask yourself, “Am I seriously doing this or will this turn out to be another uncompleted project?” You need to have at the back of your mind that Nothing good comes easy. You will require a lot of patience during the process. Do not jump into something you might not be able to complete at the end of the day. Once you’re through with making up your mind, then feel free to move over to step 2.
     
  2. Ok, I believe we got a positive response from step 1. Now, Consider your resources. Do you have a stable PC? You will be needing a PC to actually create that application. Do you have a stable device (like a Nokia phone) to test your “product(s)” ? Once you’ve satisfied step 2, feel free to move over to step 3.
     
  3. Now what Operating System are you developing for? Nokia currently has Symbian, Windows Phone 7 (WP7), Maemo & Meego as their major Operating Systems. Are you developing for just one of them or would you rather try and make your apps compatible for all platforms? As a starter, we highly recommend that you start with your favourite Operating System as you would be able to test your application(s) with your Nokia Phone with ease.

Wow, we are over with the “Prior mind setup” now, let’s go ahead and give you tips on what you will need for a proper Nokia application development environment! 🙂

What you require

  1. Have you heard of Qt? – Well, Qt is a cross platform application framework that is widely used for developing application software with a graphical user interface (GUI) (in which cases Qt is classified as a widget toolkit), and also used for developing non-GUI programs such as command-line tools and consoles for servers. It is pronounced “cute”. Read more about Qt here.

  2. After getting familiar with the meaning of Qt Framework, you’ll definitely need to download the Software Development Kit (SDK) which you’ll use for creating your application(s). Visit qt.nokia.com/downloads and select your convenient method of installation. The SDK’s size is roughly 1.6GB
  3. Once you have the Qt SDK installed on your PC, the next option would be to play with the Qt Creator. It comes pre-loaded with examples that could enhance your learning process. Try out those examples and do some “play around” with them.
  4. Follow the experts: You’ll definitely need someone or group of people to look up to in your “Qt Life”. That option solely depends on you but you may wish to follow or be in touch with the following people below. We recommend them and we know their capabilities.

    @qtbynokia: This is Qt’s official twitter account. Feel free to follow them and get updates on their day to day Qt activities. They would be glad to support you when you have issues.

    @ltomuta: Lucian is a Qt expert. He is a friend of our team. Some of our team members have contact with him in the past and he was glad to help us without complain or restrictions. He is a nice person to follow.

    @janole: Yes! We highly recommend our dear Jan. You may not necessarily get support from him as regards to Qt but you ‘ll surely be needing some motivational talks or conversations. It may interest you to know that he is the author of the popular symbian twitter client – Gravity.

    @talv: Talv is similar to Jan. He develops for both the Symbian and MeeGo OS. He is the author of SymNote, SymFTP, SymPaper and MeeNote. He is sure to help you when you require assistance too.

    We are rest assured that there are so many more Qt experts out there. Do you know any of them? Please use the comment section and write about them. 🙂

See what we did with Qt. It’s actually no big deal 🙂 you can do better!

We do hope you have a pleasant Qt experience. Please Do NOT forget to share with us. GoodLuck!!!

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Symbian

BH Production gifting Premium Apps

31 Dec , 2011  

Nice folks at BH Production are giving their all premium apps for free at Nokia Store as a new year gift. You will be able to download them for free for next 5 days. So don’t waste your time and grab it.

You can check their apps using this link: http://go.nokiatips.in/tcgxPS

 

Don’t forget to share this with your friends so they can also take the benefit. 🙂

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MeeGo

MeePlus – A Google+ Client for MeeGo / Harmattan

31 Dec , 2011  

Yesterday on MeeGo Forum , ntadej announced its underdevelopment application, which is a Google+ client for MeeGo Harmattan devices Nokia N9 and Nokia N950. Currently, MeePlus is in very early stage of development so it only features profile and search on Google+. More features will be added soon but Google’s API restrictions has limited access to public contents only.

You can donwnload app from here .

It is still not available in Nokia Store but will be added soon.

How to Install

You need to turn on Developer mode from Settings>Security>Developer Mode . Now locate and open the *.deb file using any file explorer, we recommend using Filebox (download from store). It will ask for your permission and agree and you’re done! 🙂

 

It’s an open source project, so you can also contribute to it from its Github repository at https://github.com/ntadej/MeePlus

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Tips/Tricks

Maximizing Battery performance on your Nokia Device

31 Dec , 2011  

It’s obvious that most people want the best out of their mobile phones and that includes having a quality battery with long lasting life. In most situations, we involve ourselves with activities that consume our battery and we keep yelling “Low Battery!!!”. Nowadays, most phones have a lot of built in features that contribute to high level of battery consumption. Here are some tips you could adopt in your day to day mobile activities inorder to have a sweet mobile experience with maximum battery performance.

 
1. Decrease your screen display brightness:

Decreasing the brightness of your cell phone’s screen is the most definite way of increasing battery life. Most Nokia phones support this. So supposing the level of brightness in your cell phone settings is 8 / 10, a level of 5 is more than enough and looks more pleasing to the eye. I have seen phones having 1 / 5 brightness and still showing everything on the screen crisply. Over bright displays not only hamper usage, they cut down battery life by a large factor.

 

Also, cutting down completely on the back light is also possible. Many phones, specially the classic Nokia ones can work without requiring the use of a back light. Of course, in the dark you have to use a back light but if you are low on battery, turning the back light off can keep you up for some more precious time.

 
Same goes for in built flash lights on the phones – don’t use them if you are on low battery.

 
2. Switch the vibrate function off on your phone, using just the ring tone. The vibrate function uses additional battery power. Keep the ring tone volume as low as possible.

 
3. Charge only when required:

Charging your phone’s battery only when required helps increase battery life in the long run. Suppose your phone measures battery levels on a scale of 5. Your current level is 4. Don’t charge your battery unless you truly want to – if you know you don’t require portability, let the battery drain down to say at least 1 or 2, then charge it. Charging when not required cuts down battery life.
 

4. Switch the vibrator off, keep it ringing:

When you are on low battery, switch off the phone’s vibrator. The vibrator uses up a lot of battery power and if you can use the ringing tone instead, use that.

 
5. Switch off the phone! :

This is the most effective way of conserving battery. If you don’t need your phone, or you are in an area where there is no reception, switch it off. Of course don’t be tempted to switch it on/off again and again, it will bring your battery level down to zero!

Some phones have an Offline mode also meaning the connection from the network is cut, but you can continue to use the phone otherwise for WiFi, taking pictures etc. Putting your phone in Offline mode also helps save battery life, since you are not receiving/ making calls and because your phone is not interacting with the network.

 

6. Use a power saver, don’t play games:

Don’t use a flashy screen saver. Most phones support something known as a a power saver, where the phone simply displays Date/Time on the screen. Use it. Screen savers consume battery power that can be otherwise saved.

As expected, if you are low on battery, don’t play games. Games may squeeze every drop of a phone’s resources and will do the same with the battery.

These are simple tips that you can use to maximize the battery life and output of your battery. Conserve when you can! Feel free to add your own tips in the comment section!

 

You can find more resources on this topic at WikiHow

 

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Symbian

Symbian Still Leads!

30 Dec , 2011  

Yep, you heard it right. People around the world keep saying “Symbian is dead” but is it really true? Symbian has really lost it’s market share? Well,  not really.

 

StatCounter – the free, online visitor stats tool’s report for Top 8 Mobile OS from Dec-2010 to Nov-2011 shows that Nokia’s “so-called” dead os Symbian still leads. StatCounter stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites. No matter how well Android or other devices are selling, but there are much more users from Symbian OS across the world.

Amazing thing is, even after #Feb11 ‘s announcement, Symbian share has increased significantly. Symbian is only used by Nokia (forget the exceptions for now please) while Android is being used by many manufacturers for smartphones and tablets, still it’s behind the Symbian.

No matter what people say, but all we would say is “Nokia is still people’s choice!”. What do you say?

Uncategorized

New Pack of services Introduced (#FF, #LinkBack etc)

30 Dec , 2011  

In addition to our website launch, we have employed a few services for a start. The services are intended to keep the community lively and filled with smiles (That’s our major aim though) as we post our regular tips. We appreciate those that appreciate us! So, this post should serve as a guide to the new services that have just been introduced!

The new services include:

  • #FF
  • #LinkBack (Limited)
  • #NokiaTipsPic

  1. #FF: – The #FF is similar to the famous twitter trend called “#FollowFriday but in a different perspective. If you take a look at the right hand corner of this website, you’ll see the “#FF” section with few twitter usernames written beneath it. We would be recommending our twitter friends (at most 5) that we interact very well with and are equally part of the Nokia Family. The #FF section lasts for one week (from Friday to Friday).
     
  2. #LinkBack – This service is quite similar to the #FF but in another direction. This service would only be beneficial to website owners. We would be providing a Link Back to some Nokia related websites. We take them as friends and at the same time work hand in hand with them. At the moment, we’ve not added any #LinkBack.
     
  3. #NokiaTipsPic – This is equally another best of its kind from Nokia Tips. We think it would be nice to share nice photos taken from Nokia devices and show the world. What do you think? Use the hashtag #NokiaTipsPic and share your nice photos with us @NokiaTips and stand chance of being featured on our side bar as the Photo of the Week!
     

    Requirements:

    – Photo must be taken with a Nokia Device
    – A brief description of the photo would be needed.

Please feel free to write about us on your blogs! (Big Thanks to a few that have done that already) 🙂

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask us here or on any of the social networks.

Here is our Twitter Page & FaceBook Page.

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