Symbian

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Symbian

An open source smartphone operating system for ARM processors from Nokia. In 2010, more than a third of all smartphones sold worldwide were Symbian phones (for details, see smartphone operating system). In 2011, Nokia announced that, going forward, it would use Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system for its smartphones.

Symbian uses the WebKit browser, and apps are written in C++, Qt, Flash and Java (J2ME). Prior to the Symbian platform, which combined OS and all related components into one system, versions used numbers such as Symbian OS 9.1, 9.2 and so on. Platform releases changed their designations to Symbian^1, Symbian^2 and Symbian^3.

From EPOC to Symbian OS/S60 to Symbian
The Symbian platform started out in the late 1980s as the EPOC operating system for PDAs from the Psion Software division of London-based Psion PLC (www.psion.com). In 1998, Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Psion created Symbian Ltd. to support the EPOC OS as an independent entity, and EPOC OS was renamed Symbian OS. In 2009, the Symbian Foundation was launched to offer the Symbian platform under an open source license, which includes the Symbian OS, the S60 user interface and related components. In late 2010, Nokia took over Symbian development, and the Foundation closed its operations except to provide licensing and legal support. See smartphone.
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Nokia will start rolling out the Belle update to its older Symbian^3 devices from next week, almost two weeks ahead of the original launch date.
<p>The next release, Symbian^3, should appear in phones by the middle of 2010, he said.<p>Features that will appear in Symbian^2 are set and most of the features for Symbian^3 are agreed on, but some changes could still happen.
18 -- Nokia will start rolling out the Belle update to its older Symbian^3 devices from next week, almost two weeks ahead of the original launch date.
Symbian Anna update available for download for Symbian^3 devices
Nokia also talked about making its new operating system compatible with previous generation Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna platforms.
The Finnish giant also announced that the Symbian Belle operating system will be available for download soon, compatible with previous generation Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna devices - all of which will also begin shipping with Symbian Belle onboard.
Interestingly, the Belle update is not meant only for the two hitherto released Symbian Anna devices (the X7-00 and E6, excluding the unreleased Nokia 500), but also for the first generation of Symbian^3 phones - the N8, E7, C7, and C6-01.
19 -- Those readers owning a Nokia Symbian^3 device, namely, the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 or Nokia E7, will be glad to note that the Symbian Anna update is now available for download via the latest version of Ovi Suite (v3.1.1)
Those Symbian^3 device owners who do not want to, or are unable to use the Ovi Suite software to update their devices can get their devices upgraded at any Nokia Care or Nokia Priority Partner stores in the country.
Nokia India had celebrities Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge as brand ambassadors, chosen to represent "Anna with their grace, style & elegance." For more details about the improvements in Symbian Anna as an update to Symbian^3, check out our previous coverage of the new features.
A 4-inch Symbian device similar to the Nokia N8 and E7, the X7 has the same 4-inch Nokia ClearBlack AMOLED display (16M colours and 640x360 pixels), but a more sharply angled look than its Symbian^3 predecessors.
28 -- We've known for quite some time that a Symbian^3 update is officially in the pipeline, with certain interface elements, as well as native apps like the browser, due for a serious overhaul.