Nokia Gets Ready to Kill S60, Prep New Symbian UI

From a hardware standpoint, I’m totally digging my Nokia E71. It’s a great little smartphone, but the software side of things needs some serious jazzing up. The HTC Sense UI looks great. The iPhone UI looks great. Well, it seems that Nokia is finally looking to update its Symbian core.

Yes, Symbian and Nokia are technically separate, but you and I both know that they may as well be one and the same. I also know that I’m only running S60 3rd Edition, whereas the touch-based S60 5th Edition is supposed to look and feel better, but improvements can still be made.

In line with this, User Interface Technology Manager for The Symbian Foundation Scott Weiss is saying that S60 5th is just a temporary solution. Potentially in the near future, we could be seeing a whole new build based on Symbian. S80, perhaps?

Is this just a new UI or is it a fundamentally new platform altogether? It’s a little hard to say, but devices with the new Symbian-based UI should start popping up by 2011 or so.

Source: Intomobile

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2 Comments

  1. Bosun99uk says:

    So happy to read this.
    Symbian is excellent and has been around for long.
    All it needs is continuos update to suit our ever increasing needs and technology.
    Symbian for life.

  2. Michael,

    I'm glad you are taking a strong interest in the Symbian UI. I am too–it's also my job. :)

    "S60 5th" is a marketing concept that I don't understand, I'm afraid. I think in terms of Symbian^2, Symbian^3, and Symbian^4. Symbian^4 has three active proposals, two of which will strongly affect the UI: Orbit and Direct UI. In the spirit of openness, you can read about these proposals and see our pipeline at: http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Propo

    The Direct UI proposal covers a UI overhaul that is touch and touch-hybrid based. The Major Contribution Proposal is under evaluation, and if it's approved, we will then get a User Interface proposal from Nokia, the contributor. Details for the UI have not been shared with Symbian Foundation, so I don't know much about it other than what is publicly available. Once I learn more, it will be posted to developer.symbian.org. In the mean time, I encourage you and your readers to suggest ideas for improvement to the UI, which will most certainly help things along. Use our forums: http://developer.symbian.org/forum/forumdisplay.p

    I welcome your input.

    Scott Weiss
    UI Technology Manager, Symbian Foundation

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