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Nokia N96, BBC iPlayer and the 5800 ‘Tube’

A trusted source has informed us of a few more details about the Nokia N96 and the 5800 ‘Tube’!

Please note that this information has not been confirmed publicly by Nokia in any way (so class it for now as a rumour), but we have received this information in good will and are pleased to be able to share with you what we have heard…

*Update: Nokia has officially announced that the BBC iPlayer application will be available for the Nokia N96.

We have been told that the N96 will be shipping with an application of BBC’s iPlayer which will allow downloading of their TV shows much like you can on the PC!

This is great news and a feature that many have requested for quite a while now. On the PC, programmes that you download expire after 30 days, but it is believed that once a program has been downloaded to the Nokia N96, they will be able to be kept PERMANENTLY and you will be able to watch it as many times as you like!

Unfortunately for some, if true, we have been told that this is likely to be available in the UK only and will be preinstalled on the device (and also available for download from the BBC website when available - http://www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/web/index.shtml).

The BBC iPlayer application is also believed to be available exclusively to the N96 and cannot be downloaded to other Nseries handsets. This emphasises the N96’s position as a device for ‘multimedia consuption’ - more importantly, video consumption but I really hope that this turns out not to be the case and that it will be released for other S60 devices as well…

Moving on to the highly anticipated 5800 ‘Tube’ - Nokia’s touch screen handset running S60 5th Edition is expected to hit stores (in the UK at least) on the 8th October according to our source!!! If this information is correct we should expect the announcement of the device pretty soon!!!

A big thank you to our source for sharing us this information!

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