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Nokia announced next version of Symbian, name is Belle

A couple of months ago it was Anna, now the next version of Symbian is called Belle (I’m sure Rama’s not the next). Nokia’s been busy with the Symbian OS with the official announcement of the latest version called Symbian Belle.

With Symbian Belle, you get to have more widgets, more homescreens, more customizations, more apps and lastly, built-in NFC or near field communication functionality.  If you were impressed with Anna, Belle seems to have a much bigger improvement.

Symbian Belle

Belle has more widgets, including different versions of popular ones. They can be resized and rearranged any way you want in your homescreen. Also available are what Nokia calls “œToggle” widgets that gives you a quicker way to change profiles or switch on or off different functions.

Symbian Belle

The status bar has also been improved and you can now pull it down to view notifications and toggle common settings easily. Speaking of notifications, some of these will also appear in the lockscreen so you can take a quick glance at your phone to check if new messages, mails, etc. has arrived. Bottom bar is now simplified which Nokia first introduced with their N9.

Symbian Belle

With the partnership with Microsoft, Symbian also inherited business apps such as the Microsoft Lync, Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster.

Now the best part for me is the NFC or near field communication. It’s an easy way for two devices with NFC support to share files, pair or whatever by just a simple tap. Think of it as the Bump app in iPhone and Android that doesn’t require you to be online.

Here’s a demo version of Symbian Belle including its NFC functionality:

Now call it an Android rip-off but it’s the right step for Symbian. Hey iOS 5 also took a couple of pages off Android’s playbook. The thing is, Android was the first to get some UI elements right in my opinion and there’s no point in fighting it.

The Symbian Belle will be made available as a free upgrade to those phones that can run Symbian Anna. The new phones (Nokia 600, 700, 701) that will be carrying Belle will be released this quarter so after a month or so, expect Belle to roll out to older phones.

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  • Griswold

    Personally I like how Symbian is shaping up kahit sabihing nanggaya lang sila. now i wonder if nokia will really let go of Symbian in the future. gumaganda na eh.

  • I love how it looks! 🙂

    Too bad, nabiktima N8 ko ng MRT siksik gang =/

    • ouch… sakit nun ah. abangan mo na lang yung mga bagong nokia phones. 🙂

  • Greg

    I’ve always wondered why the time is displayed at the taskbar and at the homescreen. Pwede bang isang beses lang? It’s a bit redundant.

    • pwede naman… widget yung sa homescreen eh so pwedeng tanggalin.

  • Pearl

    Do you have an idea na sa price ng nokia 700 pag nilabas?

    • wala pa pong advice sir pero $270 ang binigay sa kanya ni nokia na price excluding tax and subsidies.

      • bong

        ano naman price tag sa pinas ang nokia 600?

        • wala pa akong nakikitang binebentang nokia 600 dito, 500, 700 and 701 lang.

          • bong

            ang sama nmn ng ugali ng nokia bitin na nnmn.may 500,pero wala 600 then 700 at 701 pa…..kailan ibebenta yan nokia 600?pg wala na kming pambili?ano ba yan.paki kulit nmn sa nokia philippines yung nokia 600, ilabas nyo na sabi mo plsssssss.i love so much nokia 600.i love the sounds.i cant live it.

  • Arz

    is nokia 500 going to have an updated to BELLE ?

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