At Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Microsoft wasn’t the only one showing it’s new pretty Windows Mobile 7 O.S. . The guys from Symbian Foundation were also there and they were happy to unveil the future of Symbian: Symbian^3.
As they say on their wiki page, the main highlights of Symbian 3 are:
- UI Simplifications for an improved user experience
- New features such as a podcast manager and improved Homescreen
- Architectural improvements that speed up the user interface and improve the behaviour of network-aware applications
Out first impression: Looks great! The upgraded user interface is a lot easier to use and customizable as you can see it in the short video below.
Last week Micky from Nokiausers.net wrote that “the first devices running the new platform are expected to ship as early as Q3 this year“. However things might move faster and we could get the new Symbian 3 phones earlier. Electricpig.co.uk just posted a short video, with NokiaX10 specifications, that could be the first mobile to be powered by the new Symbian platform.
One of the things i like most about the current Symbian version is the battery life. This is simply amazing, I can surf the internet, run Nimbuzz in the background, take pictures, go on Facebook and still my E72 could could go for 2 days without extra power. I reallly hope that this will stay unchanged in the new Symbian 3 .
Would be a pity to lose a few days of extra battery life for a few extra visual effects … What do you think is more important: battery life or upgraded UI? Let us know in the comment section below.
As we are looking into the possibility of getting Nimbuzz for Symbian 3, we would like to remind you that Nimbuzz works great on the current Symbian versions. The latest addition of the full Twitter functionality, next to free calling and chatting made our OVI downloads to rocket way over 1million downloads!!
Here is a short video demo: