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Symbian Belle now officially announced by Nokia

Discussion in 'Nokia Mobile Phones' started by Tetlee, Aug 24, 2011.

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    According to gsmarena.com,Nokia has announced that the Symbian Belle roll-out is to commence on the 26 October.:thumbsup:
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    Released today:clap: details here

    Just plugged in my E7 to check if it's available to download and sure enough it is. Just backing up my phone and then it'll be Belle time:)
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    Updated to Belle yesterday afternoon and I have to say I've once again been impressed, as with Anna everything feels yet more zippy and generally more slick.

    The home screens look more fresh(I would say more Android like, but really that should be more Maemo like as that was obviously where Android got the idea from in the first place).

    For what many call a dead operating system, I've been way more than impresed with the support in the time I've owned my E7, in fact I would say its had the best support of any handset I've owned so far. There've been several bug fix updates, and two real face changing ones, not bad for a series of phones that are getting on in years. My wifes previous phone(a Desire Z) of similar age stopped being supported ages ago!

    Here is the full list of enhancements(taken from allaboutsymbian).....
    • A major reworking of the user interface, with an emphasis on ease of use, updated design language and flatter navigation hierarchy. Specific items are detailed below.
    • Better use [a new memory management scheme] of the 256MB of RAM in all Symbian^3/Anna devices. In practice this will mean no occasional 'Memory full' errors and (hopefully) foolproof execution of even the largest 'HD' games. Applications which are running will, on the whole, stay running, whatever else you start up. Overall performance is better, in terms of UI responsiveness and multitasking.
    • Qt 4.7.4 is baked in from day one, meaning far fewer installation problems for Qt apps and faster (and more silent) installs in general.
    • Full NFC functionality (on the Nokia C7, at least, which has the necessary chip!), including: tap and share (share images, videos and contacts), tap and pair (pair Bluetooth accessories through a simple tap), tap and access (read tags to find information) and tap to play (unlock new levels on NFC-enabled games).
    • Improvements in screen real estate, with slimmer top status bar and optional (in some apps) bottom toolbar, meaning that all phones will have a larger useful display area.
    • Homescreen widgets will now come in up to five different sizes (1x1, 2x1, 4x1, 2x2, 4x4) and allow a greater degree of interactivity. In addition to dragging widgets around a homescreen in 'Edit' mode, you can now also drag from one homescreen to another. Widget re-positioning when moving from portrait to landscape mode remains intelligent, with some tweaks for the new variety in widget sizes.
    • New drop-down menu, Android style, to access notifications, connectivity toggles (including a welcome one for 'Mobile data', which previously required an involved trip into 'Settings') and system status information from most places in the UI.
    • The Symbian homescreen system now supports up to six pages (previously the limit was three for most phones and five for the smaller-screened E6).
    • A rewritten application launcher with default 'flat' structure, i.e. all applications are presented in one big scrolling grid of icons, though as I explained here, it's easy enough to make new folders, including one called 'trash' (or similar), somewhere to put all the apps you don't think you'll even need - this significantly reduces the amount of vertical scrolling needed. There's an option to switch the icons to alphabetic order, or to quick match/search the list, but happily your original order is also remembered so that you can switch back at any time. Newly installed applications are now marked with a red asterisk until they've been opened for the first time.
    • An application can be 'added to the homescreen' from the main app menu, by long pressing its icon.
    • The bottom softkeys and (optional) bottom toolbar are replaced with a single toolbar comprising up to four icons (Back/Exit, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Menu). This, for most applications, in theory, gives the UI a flatter hierarchy, with less use of menus and with more direct interaction.
    • Improvements to the lock screen, which will now have information about missed calls, messages and emails. The lock screen also now supports a transparency effect, showing the underlying homescreen wallpaper.
    • Update to Web, with numerous optimisations and easy access to multiple windows through a permanent toolbar icon. Like desktop browsers, Web keeps track of your 'Most visited pages' and this can be set as your 'homepage' if needed. A long press and drag on web page text now pops up a 'Copy' option, for copying text to the system clipboard.
    • Update to Music Player, with a 'floating track list' in the album art 'cover flow' view.
    • Update to Camera, showing the new, streamlined UI that featured in the Beta Labs N8 Camera update. Although functionality is the same, far less taps are needed to get to the majority of settings and functions. Note also that the 'Close-up' mode for the N8 video capture (i.e. with continuous auto-focus) is also included, so no need to install that as well.

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