With iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS kicking butt in Europe and North America, it’s easy to forget that Symbian is still, in fact, the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Or maybe I’m just living in a westernised bubble. Colonel Who-daffi?
Woah, I’ve gone off on a Jan-style political tangent. Where was I? Ahh yes, Symbian is still very much alive.
Indeed, Nokia has vowed to stick by its current wife while it negotiates moving its stuff into Windows Phone 7’s house, but that might take a while (more on that later).
In the meantime, the Dutch product manager of Nokia Benelux has promised a substantial Symbian^3 update later in the year. An official Nokia slide promises this stuff:
- New flexible widgets
- Thin pull-down Statusbar (Android-style)
- New iconography
- Simplified Navbar (with home and search buttons)
Needless to say, I added the junk in brackets.
The update will also address menu navigation, making it more intuitive. No longer will it take three days (ok, slight exaggeration) to find what you’re looking for.
News of the update comes courtesy of All About Phones. By all means check out the article, though it won’t make much sense unless you speaken ze Dutch.