Good old Symbian Series 60 is still around and going (fairly) strong, despite the dual Android/iPhone assault—and has today been brightened up no end by the arrival of a beta release of Opera Mobile 10.1.
Nokia's proudly showing off the Symbian S^4 user interface to all and sundry, which is expected to fall onto phones sometime early next year. We may still be awaiting Symbian^3, but Symbian^4 looks like a breath of fresh UI air.
We were surprised yesterday to hear that Nokia is moving ahead with both Symbian and Maemo phones, but reassured by their admission that the Symbian UI kinda blows. Well, now we have juicy screenshots of improvements they've got in mind.
At an official N900 meet-up in London last night, the Maemo marketing team appears to have let slip that Nokia will use the Linux-based OS instead of S60 on all its future flagship N-Series handsets. About time, no?
The flashy concept was shown at the Symbian Foundation's SEE 2009 keynote last month, and actually looks pretty cool. But is it too little, too late?
Believe it or not, Nokia keeps doing their expensive 8800 series. And believe it or not, they still run the dreadful Symbian S60. This is the next model, the Nokia Erdos, carved out of a single piece of stainless steel.
Symbian's Horizon program works like a record label or book publisher, says Cnet. You submit an app—please make it a good one, since they have manually review it and they're "starting small"—and Symbian will make sure it's kosher and then push it to a bunch of phone app stores, like Noka's Ovi trainwreck. Good luck…
One of the weirder lookin' phones Nokia's pooped out, the Surge is a standard Symbian S60 dealio, with a browser that whips out Flash Lite (aka suck it, everybody else) and JuiceCaster social networking-ma-jig. BG wasn't thrilled with it. $80.
The N97 is Nokia's attempt to stand tall in an unfamiliar, hostile world populated by the iPhone, Pre and Android the only way it knows how: by throwing the kitchen sink at them. If this is it, they're doomed.
After "leaking" a promotional video over the weekend Nokia have officially unveiled the E72 - their new QWERTY smartphone followup to the fantastic E71- at the Connection 09 event in Singapore.
Rounding out the AT&T leaks is this batch from Nokia. Two are actually interesting: The odd-in-a-good-way Mako side-slider, which is an S60 phone with full QWERTY and somewhat snoozy specs. And the Thresher, which is probably the shiniest slider Nokia's ever pooped out.
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