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April 6, 2011

Nokia Drop, drops in to Beta Labs

GLOBAL – Yesterday saw the launch of a new experimental app right from Nokia Beta Labs. Nokia Drop allows you to ditch the Bluetooth dongle or the data cable and instead send links or photos from your computer browser with one click of the mouse and watch them magically and instantly appear on your Nokia device.

Nokia Drop was built using Qt and offers quick transferring of items on the Web to your phone without the need of using cables or bluetooth. Handy if you’re away from your home PC or if you can’t find the cables. What’s even better is that this utilises the Nokia Notification solution so your phone isn’t sitting there eating up battery power or your data plan, the app is only active when you’re being sent something.

There are two parts to this app, the app for your phone and a plug-in for your browser, which currently supports Chrome and Firefox. Installing the browser extension is the first step in the process and will leave you with the Nokia Drop icon at the top of your screen. Here’s Nokia Drop installed on Google Chrome:

The next step is to install mobile client onto your device, which will then sit there waiting for something to be transferred. When you’re browsing on the Internet, you can right click on a picture and select the Nokia Drop option, followed by Send image or Send as wallpaper which will open up the app on your phone. If you selected the latter option, whichever homescreen you were on at the time would now have the new wallpaper. If you select just to send the image, it will sit in your photo gallery for use at a later time.

You may find a website you want to visit later on when you’re away from your computer, just move your pointer over a URL and right click, selecting Nokia Drop, Send link. It will sit in the app on your phone ready for you to click it.

Here’s John Markow from Nokia Beta Labs, telling us a bit about Nokia Drop.

Grab yourself a copy of Nokia Drop from Beta Labs for free and let us know what you think of it. What would you like to see added? The Nokia Beta Labs team are keen to hear your feedback too, so don’t forget to give it a review once you’ve used it as it all helps with future productions. Currently available for Nokia N8-00, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7-00, Nokia E7-00, Nokia X6-00, Nokia 5228, Nokia 5230, Nokia 5235, Nokia 5530, Nokia C6-00, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 mini.

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