Nokia announces Symbian Anna aka ‘PR2’

GLOBAL – Today Nokia launched the Nokia X7 and Nokia E6, both of which come with a renewed version of the Symbian operating system. This version – which has been referred to previously as PR2 – is now known as Symbian Anna. It comes with a faster browser, improved text input, fresh, new icons and the latest version of Ovi Maps. Symbian Anna will also be made available for owners of the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 in the coming months.

Nokia announces Symbian Anna aka ‘PR2’ 1

The most obvious and visible feature of Symbian Anna is the new icons.

Text input has also been improved: there’s the long-awaited portrait QWERTY input, plus a split screen when entering text into web pages and apps, so you don’t lose sight of what you’re filling in.

The usability of the photo gallery has also been improved.

For business users, the update also includes instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, email enhancements that include full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption.

For version watchers, the application versions available in Symbian Anna are:

Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.

Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN

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Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): improved search, including auto-complete, spell-checking and Internet search engine optimization and error fixes; increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN

Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images

Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.

For Developers:

  • Flashlite 4
  • Java Runtime 2.2
  • Qt Mobility 1.1
  • Qt4.7

The exact dates on which Symbian Anna will be available for download to existing devices are not yet available, beyond “in the coming months”. Nokia says they will keep the public posted as soon as more information is available.

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0 thoughts on “Nokia announces Symbian Anna aka ‘PR2’

  • April 12, 2011 at 10:18 am
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    I’m not impressed by the X7-00 [unless it had a processor speed faster than 800MHz], but the E6-00 specs appeal to me.

    If Nokia can offer a reasonable price [> 70k], the E6 should be the phone to replace my old Nokia 5320 Xpressmusic [S60v3], and complement my N8.

    I’m disappointed in Nokia for pushing PR 2.0 [Symbian Anna] update for older S^3 devices down to May. I really wanna experience the new browser.

  • April 12, 2011 at 10:32 am
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    The strongest points I see for the Nokia E6 and X7 is the price.

    2Bad the other Symbian 3 devices have to wait (“in the coming months”)

    I kind of like the Nokia E6, so much power in such a device (8mp 720p cam, OTG etc.

    My fianl question is – how long will the other Symbian 3 devices have to wait (“in the coming months”)?

  • April 12, 2011 at 11:41 am
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    After all the wait, Nokia has come down to this!? New Software update and two phones. Also with total disregard to current phones? No probs. Let’s see when the couple of months will be? The E6 if properly priced may be a good buy!

  • April 13, 2011 at 5:16 am
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    Any hope for the likes of E63, E71, E5 etc in the comming months to get an update from symbian?

  • April 13, 2011 at 6:58 am
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    @kay123

    Any hope for the likes of E63, E71, E5 etc in the comming months to get an update from Symbian?

    Maybe, but not sure if they will get a Symbian update, but if you are referring to Symbian Anna, not even in the coming Years.

  • April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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    Nokia is up to something very dangerious-She is abandoning responsibilty towards the older phones including the E series,I pity users in this category.

  • April 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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    nokia has totally forgotten the s60v5 platform for symbian 3 which is available only on 3 phones. it’s a shame yet the n97 is still supposed to be their flagship. the same way they’re ditching s60 for symbian 3 is how they’ll ditch symbian 3 for windows

  • April 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm
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    Well, Nokia has already told us that and we know it will eventually happen.

    Symbian will be No More.

    Enjoy it while it last.

  • April 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm
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    Well, at the Nokia Training today in VI, one of the Nokia guys from South Africa had the E6-00 with him. For real !! I asked him to show me the phone so I could compare the browser with the old one on the N8. That’s the only part of the update that I really want. We both opened gsmarena.com, and the E6-00 was faster, but not by a factor of 3. The phone also managed to hang, but since it’s a pre-production unit, no qualms about that. I did notice the cute new icons.

  • April 14, 2011 at 1:32 am
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    @ Nokia, you guys are beginning to bore me.. getting tired of the N8 already xpecially the crappy music player.. I hope symbian Anna or whatever code name is able to fix the music player and also the slow responsiveness of the N8. I was thrilled by the SPB mobile shell when I installed it on the N8.. it pushes out my apps in less than a second and can afford to do it with an acrobatic animation..lol.. I was like are you kidding me? symbian is messed up for real.. It takes about 3 to 9 seconds to open a folder when touched.. No wonder symbian always gets the stick from these foreign telecom bloggers.I am pissed for real, the phone is supposed to be some multimedia beast but it keeps having memory issues. I just love the camera, fm transmitter and hdmi out functions that’s why I still use the phone.. Symbian should improve or just die once and for all .. please

  • April 14, 2011 at 5:36 am
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    @Telneting

    getting tired of the N8 already xpecially the crappy music player.

    You want to try out a musuc player like TTPod! It rocks Especially the new version.

  • April 15, 2011 at 12:05 am
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    @Eyebeekay, Thanks for the suggestion.. I do have TTpod installed but it’s in some friggin Asian language.. I couldn’t figure how to change it to English so I abandoned it.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm
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    @Spacyzuma. Nice one there. I envy you. To actually get to touch a proto-type! That is every Tech lover’s Dream! If you were to be Eldar murtazin you would probably take a few pics and get a first-look of the device out in a Review..

    Also, that’s another difference between Apple and Nokia. Apple is more secretive. And you wouldn’t just be able to see a prototype out in the open. If you did, it probably would be news and the pictures or prototype may be worth 5000 Dollars. Just ask Gizmodo.

    By losing out on the Secretive factor of a phone before sales, Nokia may have also lost the Wow factor too!

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