Nokia has given its mid-range portfolio some love by announcing an updated version of the Symbian S60 operating system in both its v3.2 and v5.0 guises.
The update will bring with it new versions of both the Nokia browser and Ovi Maps, plus a number of other tweaks and enhancements too, and will be rolling out to handsets running the platform over the next few weeks.
Symbian S60 is a few years old now, and has been superseded on Nokia's high-end devices by the newer, more capable Symbian^3. But S60 is still going strong at the more affordable end of the smartphone spectrum, and Nokia clearly plans for that to continue for some time – despite all the talk about Symbian being on its last legs.
The latest update to versions 3.2 and 5.0 of the entry-level smartphone OS brings with it a number of improvements and new features, including a new version of Ovi Maps and an upgrade to the same version of the Nokia web browser found on board Nokia's latest Symbian Anna releases.
Nokia tells us the new browser delivers improved performance, and also adds support for International Domain Names (IDNs) and non-ASCII letters such as Arabic or Chinese.
As for Ovi Maps, the two strains of Symbian will receive different updates, with the v3.2 release bringing indoor positioning via Wi-Fi as well as travel recommendation services, while v5.0 devices will get public transport lines and support for social network check-in services.
Last but not least, the latest versions of Symbian S60 finally let you add emoticons to text messages and MMSs – a feature noticeably missing up until now.
The handsets being lined up to receive the v3.2 update include the Nokia E72, E52, E5, C5-00 and the 6700 slide, while the v5.0 update will be heading out to the Nokia C6-00, C5-03, 5230, 5235, 5250, X6, N97 mini and the 5800 and 5530 XpressMusic phones.
Nokia won't be rolling out the updates all at once, but will stagger the process over the next few weeks.