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Nokia offers sneak peek at Symbian facelift

  • Symbian concept shot
  • Symbian concept shot
  • Symbian concept shot
  • Symbian concept shot
  • Symbian concept shot
  • Symbian concept shot
  • Symbian concept shot

By Stuart Turton

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 at 15:34

Nokia has offered a sneak peek at its overhauled Symbian user interface, as the phone giant hits back at rumours that it's planning to ditch the OS.

Speaking at the company's Capital Market Day, Nokia chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo claimed that despite criticism "Symbian OS is not the problem, the user interface is".

The company will roll out a completely re-engineered user interface in 2010, aimed at addressing many of the criticisms associated with the OS. "We will reduce the clutter and improve the input methods including multitouch and single tap," Kallasvuo told delegates.

"It should be just two taps to get to your favourite music or videos, rather than eight. We'll improve browser experience so that it's a quicker, flash improved, media experience with pinch-to-zoom and so on."

And, Kallasvuo wasn't stopping there. Aside from completely redesigning the interface, he also suggested that future Symbian OSes would be much faster.

"The UI will be over three times faster than our current high-end devices. Scrolling will move up to over 60 frames per second, a huge jump from the 15 frames we have today. We intend to give Symbian the simple, and beautiful user interface it needs and deserves," he said.

Click on the gallery at the top left of this story to see the concept shots shown at the presentation.

Symbian concept shot

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User comments

That's nice. It reminds me of something... I know, s60v5. Only, totally re-engineered, of course.

By verdot on 3 Dec 2009

Click on the gallery at the top left of this story to see the LIES shown at the presentation.

Fixed. :P

By rozman on 4 Dec 2009


So, now that you have major competition, you finally decide to pull your finger out of your arses!

By treadmill on 4 Dec 2009

Innovators & Copycats

The problem is, of course, that they'd have to wait and see which direction the iphone is going to take. So from the old checklist, I'd say: Touchscreen (average), Accelerometer to rotate screen (poor), App Store (not much in there)... What really puzzles me so far is why do they use realplayer to play flash/movie content? And when's that flash plugin gonna arrive, do they live in the same world as us?

By Natasha26 on 5 Dec 2009

Symbian has some significant usability problems. AS a phone it is extremely hard work to use.

Connecting to hidden access points, changing the main page, setting up which programs use which connection, the utterly inconsistent conventions - it's just a mess.

It could be Three's comical concept of "internet" to be port 80 only, but I'll never buy another Symbian powered device again. It's just annoying to live with.

By bubbles16 on 12 Dec 2009

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