Nokia Releases New Smartphones, OS

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has announced that it plans to unleash a major software update for its Symbian OS platform.

The software update, codenamed Anna, comes as the company launched two brand new smartphones under the Symbian banner. Nokia is in the process of phasing out its Symbian portfolio in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform.

The update, which will be launched within the next few months, is based on the feedback the company got from its Symbian users, Nokia said. The company said that the update will result in a complete revamp of the platform, bringing in a host of new features and enhancements.

Nokia plans to release the over-the-air update for existing Symbian based devices including the N8, E7, and the C6 along with the more recently launched X7 and E6.

The update will bring new icons and certain 'usability enhancements' to the home screen. Anna will also include a revamped web browser, an on-screen QWERTY keyboard with portrait mode and a new version of Nokia's Ovi Maps.

“The new software shows the importance of Symbian in the transition to Windows Phone 7 and represents a crucial step in the effort to close the gap with rivals,” Ben Wood, an analyst with CCS Insight said in a statement to Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-12/nokia-announces-first-smartphones-with-updated-symbian-software.html) .