While there will always be those who contend that Nokia being left alone with Symbian spells doom for the platform, the truth is that now shed of bureaucratic bottlenecks and consensus meetings, Symbian development is now in the hands of Nokia alone and they can move at their own pace. Symbian lovers are about to begin to see the fruits of the new Nokia/Symbian drive.
According to news reports from the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Nokia is planning to roll out four or five upgrades to its Symbian OS in the next 12 to 15 months, adding a new look for the user interface and a more flexible home screen as it tries to make its struggling operating system relevant again, according to a presentation given at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
From ComputerWorld: Nokia preps multiple Symbian upgrades for 2011 –
A software upgrade planned for the first quarter of 2011 will include more than 50 enhancements, including a browser with a more intuitive user interface. During the second and third quarters Nokia will add “a new look and feel for the user interface, a more flexible home screen, an updateable HTML5 browser and an easier software update experience”, according to a slide labelled “Nokia Symbian 2011 focus areas.”
Personally, I can’t wait for that new browser – and I hope that we get something close to what microB on the N900 is.
Plus, old Symbian is still teaching the new dogs some of its old tricks. Or rather, the new dogs are coming to terms with what makes Symbian tick.
Not too long ago, iOS added folders for apps – a wise decision, if you ask me – and it is not surprising that Android fans are now finding the flat menu of their favourite OS cluttered. So, say hello to Folder Organizer, an Android app that lets users organise their homescreen with folders. Read the app review – Android App Review – Folder Organizer.
Symbian may be catching up in the UI department (and doing very good too), but everyone else has been catching up with Symbian in every other department. I keep hoping that fanboys on all sides will just be sensible and show respect to competing platforms.
Personally, if you offered me $1m for my Symbian-powered Nokia N8, be sure that I won’t bite. These are exciting days to be a Symbian user. The world’s most versatile mobile OS is certainly getting better – and it looks like it is at good speed too.