Previously, we had been treated to some images showing us some of what the Symbian Belle user interface will look like, and they were nice. Now, we have both a screenshot of Belle UI on the Nokia E7 and a video (yes; a video) of Belle running on the N8.
Screenshots: Symbian Belle on the Nokia E7
Video: Symbian Belle running on Nokia N8
In the video, we see:
- the resizeable and dragable homescreen widgets,
- the persistent back button and search button in the bottom toolbar
- the new top status bar with new icons,
- the new web browser with a much more user-friendly UI
- drop-down notifications menu
- the new camera UI – looks gorgeous to me!
- the new calendar UI
Symbian Belle looks like a top-notch UI job. Personally, I think that when this is complete, the team/s behind Symbian development at Nokia in the last one year should be saluted for a job well done. Yes; it arrived late, and yes, the CEO killed off their baby.
But anyone who knows Symbian’s heritage as a smartphone OS designed primarilly for non-touch devices in the days of small screens and limited mobile resources will appreciate what these guys have done transforming it to what we see in Belle today.
Does this video suugest that Belle is not so far off? Perhaps. But it certainly shows that the guys at Nokia have been hard at work. Perhaps Nokia would love to have Belle running before the completion of the handover to Accenture, after which all Symbian gets are minor updates?
Here I am already salivating over Belle when Anna is not even yet in my hands. There’s no justice in this world, guys; none whatsoever.