50 enhancements coming to Symbian; Old dog got game

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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.

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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.

  1. ‘Personally, if you offered me $1m for my Symbian-powered Nokia N8, be sure that I won’t bite. ‘

    Sure – i believe you
    ( sneers )

  2. Keweno,

    These updates are for phones running the new Symbian OS. Older versions like S60 5th Edition and S60 3rd Edition will keep getting updated separately.

  3. ‘Personally, if you offered me $1m for my Symbian-powered Nokia N8, be sure that I won’t bite. ‘

    I know what I would do – I’d take it and buy a dozen N8s….and maybe go on a cruise.
    Symbian sure doesnt look like its gonna roll over and take a trouncing. But then Android is giving everyone a good run for their money, slowly nibbling away at marketshare. I’d like to see how these latest symbian innovations hold up against these ‘new dogs’

  4. The critical question is: does the hardware sell the phone?. Or is it the software (os) that does? while it is likely to be some combination of the two, it seems that the average Janet / Joe is more interested in the user experience (software).

    If this is so, what would be the effect of a Nokia making an Andoid- powered smartphone?.

    Why the fixation on the os?

    Like our national treasury, why not open up the smartphone ecosystem – such that you choose the os you please (like in the desktop computer world)?

    I mean – make it simple for anybody (not the hackers /geeks) to remove the Symbian^3 that came with a Nokia N8 and put the badA os, for instance.

    i am looking forward to a device manufacturer to make this possible.

    If this is the norm in the desktop world,y not in the smartphone world?

    If I succumb-for instance- to the hype surrounding the Android os – and get an Andy, if I happen to hate the os, i am stuck with the device.

    I pray this scenario wil soon be a thing of the past…

  5. Lbankz,

    I know what I would do – I’d take it and buy a dozen N8s….

    You decode fairly well. But in my case, I’d take it, buy a replacement N8 and live happily ever after 😀

  6. ” I mean – make it simple for anybody (not the hackers /geeks) to remove the Symbian^3 that came with a Nokia N8 and put the badA os, for instance. ”

    Or, better still, decide to replace the symbian after getting fed up with the new OS. Or maybe just allow the two to sit side by side. Yeah! I flow with you EyeBeeKay.

  7. We all do catch up, one way or the other. Nokia started folders in 2002, Apple started
    earlier this year and now we have an app for it on Android, very soon WP7 and BB users will start yearning for it. But to be candid folders sure make sense.(Anybody that likes to have stuffs organized will love folders)

    The Symbian updates are very much welcome and long expected.

    The only thing I wonder is what will happen when Nokia redefines the UI totally and delivers on the dual core.

    Cant Wait for the Drama…..

    Thumbs Up Nokia.

  8. @bosun99uk,

    ” ..BB users will start yearning for it….”

    Correction please! BlackBerry users already have it since long ago.

    But am still trying to figure out how to do it in the main menu of Samsung Wave though its possible to create subfolders inside “My files”

  9. ‘but I do hope you realise how far in the future the realization of this dream must be.’

    Why so? it is surely not due to technological limitations. Some smartphones of today have more technology behind them than PCs of just five years ago….

  10. Deoladoctor, as at now, the samsung wave cant create menu folders. i hope it does when bada 1.2 is released.

  11. @Spacyzuma

    I hope so too. This is one beautiful baby that surely needs that feature. My main menu is now 5 pages wide and just started growing. Still more apps to install.

  12. with all the talk of android here and there i don’t have a clue as to how this os(the android) is any difff 2 symbian os pls school me yomi patiently awaiting ur reply i see u guys do not have the nokia c6 in ur phone store…

  13. Nokia actually playing catching up now! About time. The User interface of the Symbian series 60 (Or is it Simbian ^1?) needs a major upgrade! My gripe with Nokia is that they have actually left out the Symbian 1 devices in the cold! Why can’t they allow owners of previous Nokia Samrtphones to updrade to Symbian ^3 and join the others (Most favoured {N8}) in all the goodies? Dunno.

    But I would have loved to upgrade the Nokia 5230 to Symbians ^3!!!

  14. Afewgoodmen,

    Without an understanding of the technicalities of programming and hardware support, development costs, et al, it will be difficult for you to understand why certain devices cannot be upgraded. It is the same reason that some Blackberry devices cannot be upgraded to v6.0 and the iPhone 2G cannot be upgraded to iOS4.2.

    While as users we may not find it particularly palatable, it can’t be helped much. We just need to accept it and move on.

    When radical changes are made in the architecture of an OS or UI, many times that radical nature of the change means something older gets left behind. As a rule, change almost always means that. The good thing now is that Nokia has invested in a cross-platform application development framework – Qt – for the Symbian UI, which means that future updates/changes can be applied to all new Symbian devices from now. Get one of the devices running the new Symbian, and you are future-proof.

  15. @Yomi, You make it soound so sweet. Future-proof? Can you bet on that? How I wish one of the Nokia’s executives, like the one that spoke on Mobility Nigeria the last time could come on Board and second you. I would like them to speak on this! And assure me. At least, before I buy my Nokia N8!!

  16. How I wish one of the Nokia’s executives, like the one that spoke on Mobility Nigeria the last time could come on Board and second you. I would like them to speak on this! And assure me. At least, before I buy my Nokia N8!!

    Praveen, Osagie, – over to you guys!

  17. I asked, ‘If this is so, what would be the effect of a Nokia making an Andoid-powered smartphone?. Why the fixation on the os? ‘

    There is this rumour in the tech world that something like this is about to happen..

    top10.com/mobilephones/news/2010/12/nokia_rumoured_to_make_windows_phone_7_smartphones/

    Interesting.. Looks like the Nokia roadmap is muddled at best…

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