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Nokia Announces New Version of Symbian, Names It Anna

Finland based mobile phone giant Nokia has announced that the next version of the Symbian operating system, dubbed Anna. Nokia will start shipping off the new version from July.

The company also revealed that updated versions of its N8, C7, E7, and C6-01 handsets carrying the Anna operating system will also start shipping pretty soon. However, the current owners of these handsets may have to wait till at least August for these updates.

"Your phone will get a free make-over, giving you a better experience while remaining reliable and easy to use," the Nokia conversation blog read (opens in new tab).

Symbian Anna brings along with it a wide range of new and advanced features such as faster web browsing, new icons, improved maps, enhanced text input, just to name a few, Nokia brags.

“A split screen view is a big change that allows users to view a message thread whilst typing in the new portrait layout Qwerty keyboard. Something that is a given for handsets running Android or Apple's IOS,” according to Chris Martin of The Inquirer (opens in new tab).

Also, reports are emerging that the company has also upgraded its Ovi Maps, aimed at providing users with superior search functionalities as well as previously unavailable public transport routes.

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