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Nokia's latest Symbian Belle OS delayed until next year for the N8 and older mobile phones

Finnish handset maker Nokia has told ITProPortal that the very latest version of Symbian ^3 operating system, known as Belle, won't be available in 2011 after all - for the company's previous flagship devices.

Nokia has contacted ITPP after rumours have been circulating the internet around this delay, with an official statement on the deployment of Symbian ‘Belle'.

The statement reads: ‘Nokia Belle is the latest Symbian software release with all-new user interface, improved user experience, and dozens of improved and new features. We have already shipped Nokia 603, 700 and 701 with Belle software this year, and have received great feedback on the new user experience.'

‘We will make Nokia Belle available to consumers globally by rolling out the Belle software for the existing Nokia range of smartphones such as N8, E7, X7, C6-01, C7, Oro, E6, and Nokia 500 early 2012.', added the Finnish.

Nokia has replaced Symbian with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS, as the platform running on the company's flagship mobile phones - which was first seen in the Nokia Lumia 800 that we reviewed here.

ITPP has had it confirmed that their own OS will still be supported until 2016, where there are new handsets arriving next year that follow on from the Nokia 700; read that review here.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.