Nokia Belle update coming to the N8, C7 etc next week?

Nokia Belle update coming to the N8, C7 etc next week?Nokia may be all about Windows Phone these days, but there are still a good many million people round the globe currently using a pre-WinPho Nokia smartphone and waiting patiently for their promised update to the Symbian Belle promised land.

Well, Nokia may be insisting on calling it Nokia Belle going forward, but either way the latest rumour is that the latest (and probably final) Symbian^3 evolution is coming on February 8.

That's not a great deal of consolation given that the update was originally supposed to arrive before the end of 2011, but it seems when it comes to Symbian, old habits (i.e. delays) are hard to shake.

The first hint of progress actually came last week when a Nokia tweet confirmed that new Symbian handsets were now shipping with Belle pre-installed, but that's not much use to existing owners stuck patiently waiting on their update from Anna.

Over the weekend, though, the eagle-eyed MyNokiaBlog shared news that Nokia Vietnam has let the cat out of the bag and said the update will be rolling out on February 8, and given that in the past Nokia has rolled out updates to the Far East and Europe at similar times, it suggests the wait is nearly over. If you're in the US... well, let's just say good luck.

It's become fashionable to switch off at the mere mention of the word Symbian these days (maybe that's why Nokia is dropping the name), but in truth Nokia has done a pretty good job on evolving the base Symbian^3 release that debuted with the Nokia N8 back in 2010.

In Belle it has managed to balance creating an update that's a big evolution on Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna, with making it work on every existing S^3 or Anna handset on the market. That includes the likes of the N8, the business-focused E7, the NFC-equipped C7 and Anna-based phones like the E6 and the big-screened angular oddball that is the X7 (written after having spent three months using one).

Belle is already out in the wild courtesy of the Nokia 603, 700 and 701, which launched with it on board, but with Nokia having failed to push those handsets in any meaningful way given how close they launched to the grand Lumia Windows Phone unveiling, the likes of the N8 and the NFC-equipped C7 are likely to bring far greater numbers to the updated OS.

The headline features introduced by Belle are an increase to six homescreens, the introduction of resizeable homescreen widgets for improved personalisation and deep NFC support (though of the S^3 generation, only the C7 can take advantage from the hardware side).

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2012 at 18:05

I quite like the "oddball" X7. If Belle delivers the promised goods, the X7 shall be a nice handset that stands out from the identikit smartphone crowd.

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 31, 2012 at 10:29

I quite like the "oddball" X7. If Belle delivers the promised goods, the X7 shall be a nice handset that stands out from the identikit smartphone crowd.

Agreed - that extra real estate will maximise Belle's impact just like it showed Anna's visual improvement to best effect.

Its looks have completely divided opinions, but I don't have a problem with that. Found it reasonably easy to look at, and liked the fact that it wasn't just another mobile slab.

Of course, that it's not everyone's cup of tea hasn't helped Nokia much from a sales point of view, and it's telling that Three was the only network that offered it directly on contract. They launched it with exclusive "dark steel" and "light steel" versions, three months later the same exclusive was still on offer. Says it all really...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:01

Yep, I like the sturdy yet classy built.
My only issue is with that hellishly stupid sim-slide - what were they thinking? (though few people change SIMs as often as I do...).
Oh, and the portrait keypad still needs some work. (the keypad Jan Ole Suhr added to Gravity is perfect. Why can't Nokia do it?)

r03313  Feb. 3, 2012 at 11:44

Tired of waiting - got an Acer Metal, my 1st Andriod phone and so impressed with it goodbye N8 - miss the camera though [and the £400 to buy it - never again]. Suppose this is how the N8 should have been.

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