nokia symbian – new features – version 1.7…

Ah yes. Symbian. Massively popular everywhere outside of the US – virtually unused inside the US.

Well – we’re supporting it regardless. Not just because I have soft spot for Nokia (as I have written about before) but also because…well…tons of people are on the Symbian platform worldwide – and echoecho is a global solution after all.

We have builds available for symbian 3rd edition devices and 5th edition devices – but the screenshots shown below are from an N78 (3rd edition)

So let’s start with the inbox changes – namely autoReply once again.

You can select autoReply on the context menu for any echo in your inbox:

autoreply context menu

If you do you’ll immediately see the by now familiar autoReply popup warning

autoreply popup1 autoreply popup2

If you read the previous blog entries (about BlackBerry/Android) then you’ll know this backwards but just in case – the idea here is that we want to make autoReply configuration as easy as possible. You can easily turn it on and off – and of course it’s off by default. (the star in the inbox indicates which contacts have autoReply turned on). So let’s suppose you turn it on:

autoreply select inbox

This is not a stealth tracking feature – it’s simply a way of making it even easier to respond to your friends’ echoes – because if selected for your particular friend – your device will automatically reply to an incoming echo from that friend.

While you can of course see any newly paired echoes in the inbox – with autoReply you will be additionally notified of any queries even when your phone is responding automatically – the usual “Where are you?” popup message you see when someone is looking for you gets replaced by this:

autoreply echo flash

At the risk of boring people who are reading ALL the blog entries – let’s just say this is really cool…and leave it at that. (oh wait…zero-clicks to securely share your location…how’s that ;))

Additionally eagle eyed readers/users may have spotted some colored dots in the inbox. Let’s have a look

red dot yellow dot green dot

The colored dots are at the bottom of the image (yes…there)
They represent a quick way of seeing how accurate your current location is.

RED = your phone cannot find its location right now
YELLOW = the accuracy is less accurate than +/- 100 meters (usually this means the phone is only able to use cellid information)
GREEN = the accuracy is more accurate than +/- 100 meters (this means the phone is either using GPS satellites to locate your handset very precisely outdoors – or using Skyhook wireless positioning to locate your handset fairly precisely in urban areas)

And of course we can see this accuracy on the map:

basic maps nokia

Looks familiar enough right? Well…it isn’t quite the same.
When you click on a pushpin you get extra information as follows:

maps distance nokia

Just like with the new BlackBerry build – you can see the distance to your friend immediately. But if you click View Full Information you also see the accuracy.

maps accuracy nokia

Overall this version is very smooth and stable…oh and also – if you receive an echo from someone you don’t know – you can now add their number to your address book directly from the inbox.

As ever – the new build is on (on your phone) and should be on the Ovi store shortly.


2 responses to “nokia symbian – new features – version 1.7…

  1. Will their be an app for web os (Palm) ?

  2. There will in the near future – we just focused on the core smartphone platforms to begin with…but yes we will of course do palm (as well as a bunch of feature phones) – stay tuned…

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