Nokia To Introduce New Symbian S^4 User Interface

Finnish mobile phone giant, Nokia, has just upped the ante in the mobile operating system domain by announcing an update to the existing Symbian software with the new ‘Symbian ^4’ OS in the next year.

Aiming at high-end smartphones, including iPhone, Android-powered devices and RIM’s BlackBerry, the new OS from the labs of Nokia would boast of several cutting-edge features and capabilities to sway the smartphone users across the globe.

The company has turned in new proposals for creating advanced user interfaces (UIs) for the Symbian-powered devices to the Symbian Foundation last week and the proposals will now go through open assessment and critique, according to a blog post.

The Symbian Developer website is claiming that the smartphones sporting the new Symbian^4 OS are expected to hit the shelves in as early as the next year.

The proposed improvements involve autosaving features to lessen the save commands, minimising users prompts, uniform look-and-feel for all applications, as well as a refreshed interface layout, according to the proposals submitted by Nokia.

In addition, the new interface will reportedly include four main icons, namely photos, music, contacts, and applications, and users will be able to make their own short-cuts and put them on the home screen to access the content as per their choice.

Our Comments

A new interface for Symbian means that Nokia will try to breathe new life into a platform that has been very popular for "dumb" phones but not smartphones. Hopefully that will change with the ^4. Nokia hasn't say why exactly it choose to write version 4 that way.

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