Swype and Mobbler released for the Nokia N8

Swype and Mobbler released for the Nokia N8As you might have read on my ZDNet blog, I purchased an HTC HD7 this week and have been spending a lot of time with the new Windows Phone 7 platform. While it is slick and fun to use, the battery life is not very good and there are definitely limitations in this version 1.0 product. I put my SIM back into the Nokia N8 after receiving information that the official release of Swype has come to the N8 along with a beta version of Mobbler that supports the N8. Both are now installed and working well on my N8 and my device is now much better.

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About a month ago I was given access to an early beta version of Swype for the Nokia N8. It performed pretty well, but it would lag at times too and I understood it was still in beta so didn’t worry too much about what the final product would be like. I read over on The Handheld Blog that the official version of Swype for the Nokia N8 is now available and confirmed this by visiting the Ovi Store on my N8. I removed the beta version and installed the new official release and so far it is performing wonderfully.

I highly recommend all N8 owners download and try out the free Swype keyboard. You will be amazed by how accurate and functional it is on your device. It still does not work in portrait orientation and as I have stated before this is due to a required N8 update from Nokia to provide this support.

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Here is one cool tip to keep in mind: slide your finger from the Swype icon in the bottom left to the Sym key to reveal some cool controls. After making this gesture you will see the controls as shown in the screenshot above with directional arrows and other controls.

Mobbler

In other news that also makes my Nokia N8 that much better, I was informed that Mobbler was released with support for Symbian^3. You can visit the Mobbler download page and get the 0.10(80) beta version that supports the N8. I installed it last night and it works like a champ! I am a big fan of streaming music apps and with Mobbler and my Zune Pass music I have a rocking Nokia N8!

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19 Comments to Swype and Mobbler released for the Nokia N8

count
November 12, 2010

Did you mean now instead of not, twice?

“Both are NOT installed and working well on my N8 and my device is NOT much better. “

TelecomExpert
November 12, 2010

Really not related to this subject…

But checkout this youtube video on one of the several tests that Nokia does on its phones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcfvRfJeLPQ

Giorgos
November 12, 2010

what are u saying? are you happy or not?

Matthew Miller
November 12, 2010

Thanks for the correction. Not sure why I typed NOT instead of NOW. Too early in the morning I guess. Hope that clears it up.

@crazyphoneguy
November 13, 2010

Matt, I have to say that I chuckled when I read your tweet about the HD7′s camera, and I thought maybe you should go back to your N8, which you did!

I’m a new N8 user (I’ve had it for exactly a week), and while it isn’t perfect, I am enjoying it, and find it powerful. Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts about N8, E7, and WP7. Cheers!

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Sleeper Service
November 15, 2010

I’m not too crazy about Swype as an input method, but just as an on-screen keyboard, that layout is about a million times better than what Nokia came up with on their own. It’s too bad Nokia couldn’t release an on-screen keyboard with that layout WITHOUT Swype, and also without covering everything else on-screen.

kertong
November 18, 2010

I have an N8 and I absolutely love the camera, body, feel, design, and aesthetic of the unit.

However, I hate having to rotate the keyboard to landscape everytime I want to use a qwerty layout. I was hoping the full release of swype would fix this crippling limitation, but if it doesn’t, wow.

Like you, I bought an HTC HD7. I am really digging it but the camera is absolutely terrible, especially after coming from an N8. I tell myself I’m going to switch back to the N8 once a few symbian^3 updates and swype (with both landscape+portrait) comes out, but the goalposts seem to be moving further and further away..

Iresh Jain
November 19, 2010

There; something wrong with the Mobbler Beta it stops working after a while and asks you to subscribe to play. Has anyone else seen this message? Any suggestions?

jam
November 22, 2010

not mobbler need subscibtion last.fm demand a fee of 3 euro per month to listen to radio…mhm i love last.fm…is there another radioprog? Grooveshark wants money too

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