22 September 2015

Format phone numbers with libPhoneNumber

libPhoneNumber is a great lib for phone number formatting, country detection and store phone numbers to E164 standard presentation.

09 April 2015

Layout on Android for Arabic and other RTL languages

The way which Android will put the text to the it's place in the layout depends on its layout gravity parameter. New values for this for API 17 are "start" and "end" orientations, depending on the language default for device user it changed it place from left to right and vice versa, it is different for langs written from the left to the right LTR and others(arabians) which start from the right to the left (RTL). In app to get layout/text directions call the method getLayoutDirectionFromLocale(locale), this will return View.LAYOUT_DIRECTION_LTR (left-to-right) or View.LAYOUT_DIRECTION_RTL (right-to-left).

01 April 2015

31 March 2015

If UILabel iOS auto shrink is not working

There is an issue I've got today, UILabel has not not autoshrinking text to fit label size. Investigation gives the answer - do not select "Word Wrap" in Line Breaks parameter for this label control, select "Truncate Tail" (see illustration) and it magically starts to work. This applied to latest Xcode 6 and iOS7-iOS8 targets. For earlier versions like iOS 6 you also have to set up 1 in "Lines" field to auto shrink can be applied.

12 April 2012

Microsoft Office Mobile for Nokia Symbian released

Nokia has announced a final release of Microsoft Office Mobile for the Nokia OS Symbian. The package includes applications such as Word Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and Excel Mobile (other components such as PowerPoint Broadcast, OneNote, Lync 2010 were released earlier in 2012 February). Microsoft Office Mobile is available for download on Nokia 603, Nokia 701, Nokia E7, Nokia 700, Nokia X7, Nokia C7 and the Nokia C6-01 as a free update via Nokia Software Update (NSU) on the mobile phone or via the Nokia Suite with device connected to a PC.

In the coming weeks Microsoft Office Mobile for Nokia Belle appears in the online shop Nokia Store. Nokia also announced that smartphones such as Nokia N8, Nokia E6 and the Nokia 500 will also receive Microsoft's mobile office. Release dates will be announced later. The new model Nokia 808 PureView will be shipped with preinstalled Microsoft Office Mobile.

01 March 2012

Nokia presented Nokia 808 PureView cameraphone monster

Nokia 808 PureView videoDespite the fact that Symbian is not favorite child in Nokia family it got excellent present on MWC 2012. The name of the new product based on Symbian is Nokia 808 PureView. This is a best cameraphone ever - it got a camera whose sensor consists of 41 megapixels.

We must say that Nokia 808 PureView does not use all 41 megapixels but only 38 as the maximum. The resulted stored picture in flash memory will be just five interpolated megapixels, also it can be 8 Mpx . This is because the Nokia 808 PureView uses seven pixels in each resulting pixel to be able to zoom in and get very clear pictures even in the details.

Device got thick upper part where the camera module requires extra space so it looks more like digital camera from behind than cellphone. Nokia PureView is a phone running Nokia Belle and it will cost around 450 Euros and is expected to be shipped in May 2012.

27 February 2012

Nokia presented new Lumia 610 WP7 smartphone

Nokia Lumia 610 Windows Phone 7Nokia has announced today at MWC 2012 Lumia 610 a new low cost Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device. New smartphone got only 256 Mb of on-board RAM and built-in 8 Gb flash drive and lack of  MicroSD cards slot. Capacitive display got standard WVGA resolution 480x800 pixels and dimentions of 3.7 inches. Network connectivity consists of Wi-Fi adapter (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1. Also this low-cost device surprisingly contains on-board GPS receiver, while camera got average 5 megapixels resolution with AF. Cool thing is a built-in FM tuner. Device will be running under control of OS Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Mobile network support is GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz. Nokia Lumia 610 got weight 132 g and dimensions 119×62×12 mm. The price in Europe will be around 190 euro.

Nokia Belle got new Microsoft Apps

Microsoft, the best partner of Nokia, feeds Nokia's devices with its mobile apps OneNote, Lync, PowerPoint Broadcast, and Document Connection. This apps targets to Nokia Belle Symbian new version OS. Four Microsoft apps are initially released and will be delivered via the Software Update application for the Nokia E7, Nokia 610, Nokia C7, Nokia 603, Nokia 700,  Nokia X7, Nokia 701, Nokia C6-01 right away, and later for Nokia E6, Nokia N8,  and Nokia 500.
Let's look what MS brings to us in this release: first one is a Microsoft PowerPoint Broadcast app which allows you to show presentations on PC via your smartphone.
Second one is Microsoft OneNote which allows you to write rich text notes, which can be shared and synchronized with most of laptop and PC or mobile devices. Third one is Microsoft Lync is a corporate IM service with internal server setup.
And final one is Microsoft Document Connection which is a viewer for Office files using a Microsoft ShareView or Office Live and associated Exchange account like already available solutions for Dropbox or Google Docs.
Except these apps already published there is info that Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on the go too.

15 February 2012

Nokia 500 Belle firmware appeared

Nokia Belle updatedThis site  posted information that Belle firmware update for Nokia 500 is available for download in form of binary image and can be flashed with help of Phoenix flashing software. Belle still isn't available for Nokia 500 via Nokia Suite but will be available in few days. Nokia smartphone users who can't wait may right now download and flash Belle to their phones. Flashing requires installing Phoenix flasher and downloading binary image of Belle firmware.

14 February 2012

Nokia Belle Update Released For Symbian Phones

Do you have a Nokia phone with the Symbian^3 OS? Then perhaps it is nice to hear that Nokia Belle update have been released on February 8 to phones with Symbian^3. Nokia Belle is a new major update of Symbian OS since Symbian Anna release. Belle installs on wide variety of Nokia devices and among the phones supported are Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C6-01, E6 and Nokia Oro. We got a lot of improvements when the first major update in a long time, Anna, was released for Symbian last year. Symbian has long been considered an obsolete OS that can not beat competitors like Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7. But with last Anna and Belle updates Nokia provided much more modern experience to its customers.

To apply Belle update to your phone only that you need is a computer, the Nokia Suite 3.3 installed, USB cable and some free time.  After your phone got update you will get access to three additional Home screens, new widgets on the home screen and the modern status bar which can be pulled down just like in Android and Apple iOS devices. Release notes also mention better NFC support, more informative lock screen and improved multitasking.

Nokia MWC leaks - Nokia 808, Lumia 610

Last few days we've heard a lot new numbers from Nokia: 803, Lumia 719, Lumia 730, Lumia 910 and now they added more - 808 and Lumia 610.
Two days ago our attention were focused on leak of probably the last Nokia smartphone running Symbian Nokia 803. This maybe true or not, but sources was speaking about it as a phone with the best camera ever built-in the mobile phone. Its camera probably would get an optical zoom. The title of the best camera smartphone for now belongs to Nokia N8, whose 12 megapixel camera captures great photos and record 720p HD video with continuous auto-focus.
Let's look at the specifications of the Nokia 803. It has an optical zoom, Xenon flash, the physical protection of the sensor and Full HD video at 30 fps. Other specs shows that Nokia 803 will run Belle flavor os Symbian OS, also it will have AMOLED 4-inch display, HDMI port, Bluetooth connectivity, NFC, HSPA+ network connectivity. The Nokia 803 supposed to be presented at MWC 2012.
The other leaked announcement are Windows Phone Tango featured Nokia Lumia 900 in international version and a new low-end WP7  smartphone called the Lumia 610 (probably renamed Lumia 730).

06 December 2011

Kik Messenger for Symbian and Win Phone 7 free in Nokia Store

Today you can download cool messaging app Kik from Nokia Store (Ovi) for free. Kik Messenger is available not only for Nokia Symbian N8, 701, 700, Nokia 603, 500 but for Windows Phone handsets too. This means you cat get it for your new shiny Nokia Lumia 800. Kik is the same cool messenger such as WhatsApp, which already has been available for Symbian Anna and WinPhone 7. With Kik's super easy to use UI you can fast text your friends for free. It has real-time notifications about message status and peer typing. Kik IM also allows you to send media files like photos to your friends.
Hurry up download it from the Nokia Store and the Win Phone Marketplace.

30 November 2011

Nokia Store presents free premium apps and games

Nokia Store LogoThe Nokia Store application is currently inviting users to download a number of premium applications or games for free for next 30 days. This is another such event from Nokia Store added to same happened in the past. For different phone model and Symbian OS versions Nokia (OVI) Store presents a bunch of cool games and useful apps: Angry Birds, Moodagent, Nimbuzz, eBuddy, Worms, Blocks, Diamonds, Montezuma etc.