Nokia boosts MEA handset offering

Nokia introduces customised handsets boasting Islamic applications, updates XpressMusic handset portfolio

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By  Published  October 31, 2006

NOKIA HAS introduced a new range of mobile handsets featuring Islamic applications customised specifically for consumers in the Middle East.

The portfolio of devices supporting the new Islamic applications include the Nokia 6131, 6233, 6070, E61, N73, N80 and N93 mobile handsets.

The applications were developed by Egyptian software application developer Asgatech, a Forum Nokia Pro Member.

Nokia timed the release of the handsets to coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan.

As a result, the software included an Emsakya application featuring prayer times, Sohur and Breaking the Fast for the entire month of Ramadan.

It also featured a dual Arabic- English user interface and a variety of Islamic graphics.

Other applications include a voice recording for the prayer on the prophet Muhammad (PBUH); an Islamic organiser featuring an independent calendar that works on both Hijri and Gregorian systems; and a Qebla indicator.

In other news, Nokia recently unveiled the latest additions to its range of XpressMusic MP3 player mobile handsets.

The 5300 XpressMusic slider handset represents the flagship addition to the XpressMusic range, providing storage capacity for up to 1500 songs via a 2GB microSD card.

The handset boasts dedicated music keys similar to a standalone MP3 player, providing the user with access to the stored music collection while also providing access to other functions such as texting, web browsing or taking photos via the internal VGA 1.3 megpaixel camera.

Users can also plug in external speakers to play back music via the 3.5mm headset jack.

The internal MP3 music library can be up-dated via a micro USB linked to a standalone PC.

When travelling, users can access the Nokia Wireless Audio Gateway AD-42W to stream their music collection and favourite playlists wirelessly to any stereo from their handset.

Incoming calls can be enhanced with video ringtones on the high-resolution display.

The other new additions to the range – the Nokia 5200 and 3250 – are also both slider handsets boasting impressive music playback capabilities.

The 3250 XpressMusic is the latest iteration of the venerable 3250 handset, featuring a new take on the model’s popular ‘twist’ design and improved aesthetics.

The mobile handset boasts double the storage capacity of its predecessor via support of 2GB microSD cards, providing storage for up to 1500 songs.

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