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Nokia Announces Symbian Anna Update

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Nokia Announces Symbian Anna Update

It has been a pretty busy week for Nokia and its Symbian platform. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the decision to take down online distributions of Symbian was effectively the end to the OS as an open-source platform. Today it has announced that a radical overhaul of the OS will be coming in the next few months – codenamed Symbian Anna.

Nokia Announces Symbian Anna Update

Announced this morning, Symbian Anna is the result of feedback from Symbian users and will, Nokia hope, refresh the OS extensively. The radical update will see a host of new and refreshed features coming to a range of phones, including two new handsets. The update will be pushed out in the coming months to phones such as the N8, E7, and the C6 as well as Nokia’s latest Symbian phones, the X7 and the E6. The updates will come via OTA downloads for the existing phones and come pre-loaded on the new phones.

So what will the update actually bring? Well the first thing you will notice is the refreshed icons and what Nokia calls “usability enhancements” which means real homescreen scrolling amongst other things. There is an overhauled browser, a portrait on-screen QWERTY keyboard, improved touchscreen typing and a much overhauled Ovi Maps to include predictive search as well as new public transportation routes. Running on devices powered by the Qt framework, developers can create applications for these smartphones using Qt SDK 1.1 – currently available as a Release Candidate here

It is great to see Nokia taking note of what its customers are saying and we hope that this update, and the other planned updates of the Symbian OS, will mean that although it is on its way out, it will go out on a high.

Source: Forum.Nokia

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April 16, 2011, 12:08 am

This was great news and enough to convince me to buy an N8 the other day. Must admit, after using Android 2.2 for the past few months, it was initially a great relief to go back to Nokia's old school OS. I'm still not a massive fan of the N8 hardware, but over all I think that it makes a really compelling package.

Everyone moaning on about Symbian being old hat and outdated, therefore rubbish - are being very short sighted. Fact is, it's a massively productive OS with great stability and power. Battery life is miles better than anything Android and the CPU speed bears absolutely no reflection upon performance. Camera's ok too, although I must admit that I found it not be be all it's cracked up to be...the signal noise is very poor in low light, but still a useful addition. The Xenon flash is excellent. Video codec support is great, although I wish USB OTG would support NFTS *not* just FAT32 - which is a really annoying limitation especially considering the fact that it has an HDMI out - perfect for playing 720p MKV files over. As it happens, it wont even support MKV's over 2GB, all other files limited to 4GB due to FAT32. No reviews pointed that out.

I'm happy Nokia are giving Symbian a Golden Handshake, and as one of the last 'old school' pre W7 handsets, I hope it last me for a long time to come...which in the tech World means about 6 months - lol. I do miss Android's pretty looks and fancy apps occasionally but it's good to get off the Android merry-go-round whereby a new bigger, better, faster handset is released every 5 minutes and to get back to a phone that just works well most the time inspite off not having the best specs in the world - that's the beauty of Symbian.

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