Symbian Anna makes her debut
Younger, prettier sister still not allowed out in public
Owners of the latest Nokia phones can now update to Symbian Anna, assuming their operators permit it, but having caught a glimpse of her younger sister they might not be impressed.
Anna was announced back in April, and has been available to developers for a while, but can now be installed on N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 handsets. It provides a portrait keyboard, faster browser, better mapping app and split-screen view, as well as reminding everyone that there are still a lot of Symbian handsets out there.
Upgrades to those latest models can be obtained using the Ovi Suite, though operator variants (generally used on subsidised handsets) might take longer to roll out.
Nokia claims a further 10 Symbian handsets will be launched in the next 12 months, though it makes no promise that they'll come from Nokia. The company is committed to supporting the platform until at least 2016, and videos of the next version of Symbian (named Belle) are knocking around the internet showing what Symbian can do if pushed.
Anna adds APIs for NFC and better security. It also integrates properly with Microsoft Communicator Mobile as well as supporting VPNs using both IPSec and SSL, not to mention prettier icons.
It seems too late to talk of enhancements "saving" Symbian, but the platform is far from dead and continues improving even if the focus of attention is on iOS and Android these days. ®
So let me get this straight. The built-from-the-ground-up-for-low-powered-low-memory-devices O/S is the bloated one, not one of the pruned-down-from-a-desktop-or-server one's are the slimline ones...?
I'll keep my 'bloated' Symbian phone and you can keep your 'slimline' Linux/Windows/OSX (with the odd desktop debugger left in).
Oh, and can you tell the other 6 Meego users, ta.
Red sky in morning. Nokia take ....
Windows is 4% of the global smart phone market, even if it doubles and Nokia grabs 80% of the Windows market (which it wont), Nokia smart phones will be lost in the tsunami caused by Android and IOS, and even the old ripple waves of Symbian. Thus proving to all that Ellop must be a graduate of new math, an idiot, or both.
The N9 is by far the best phone Nokia has ever made. Even as a 1.0 release it has proven itself of being able to stay a float behind the wake of the IPhone super cruise liner. This is the platform to be on. Yes it might be an unknown, but better to be in unknown waters and still control your ship, then to try and get through the perfect storm of disaster waiting for you with Windows.
Message to Ellop: Reverse Windows course fast! All hands on deck! Your heading into iceberg territory in a single hull ship. You have some rather experienced seamen on the Nokia ship, listen to them and let them guide you to a save and prosperous harbor. And stop acting so smug, show some humility.
I need my eyes testing.
I thought that said Sybian.