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A first glance at the new Symbian S^4 mobile OS  (Source: slashgear.com)
Nokia steps up its game with Symbian S^4

While Nokia still carries weight in the mobile arena, it did suffer a difficult 2009, a year after its acquisiton of Symbian Software. With the new year, however, Nokia looks to step up its game with a completely redesigned mobile OS, Symbian S^4.

With the advent of this OS, the new mobile chief, Rick Simonson released a statement to the India Times in which he claimed that Nokia’s "efforts will start producing results, as we will be at par with Apple and RIM in smartphones."

These efforts have become much more apparent recently with the release of a concept proposal which is open to the public and clearly outlines technical features of the new mobile OS.

Within this document Nokia describes new features to be presented by the OS that are common with rival platforms. The most notable of these features include the clean new look and moveability of the home screen (similar to the Android), a lack of exit commands comparable to Palm’s webOS, and a customizable application library reminiscent of the iPhone.

Nokia also adds some other unique features, allowing Symbian S^4 to stand apart from the competition and addressing user input regarding the current OS. Complaints concerning system lag have been resolved in the proposal, where applications will not run in the background, preserving system memory. Additionally, the OS will feature movable widgets and menu bars, allowing further customization by the user, and an overall cleaner look.

Symbian developers are looking for user input on the conceptual design of the new S^4 OS, creating an open opportunity for users to shape the next Nokia OS. The forum can be found here, and includes several informative links, including the link to the full proposal.


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By sprockkets on 1/15/2010 1:24:40 PM , Rating: 2
If Nokia wants to be successful, why don't they tell the US that Symbian actually exists and also start selling them via carriers and not just unlocked?




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By LostInLine on 1/15/2010 4:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that's not all they have to do. They really need to reduce the number of levels of menus to get to an option or for that matter an app. I played with an n900 at CES and it was really cool, but setup and config looks daunting. Those Nordic cultures must really like thing regimented.

BTW, I ask about inductive charging (like the Palm touchstone) for their devices and they said Nokia will not have one because its not green. And they will be placing a popup on there phones to remind users to unplug the charger from the wall when the user unplugs it from the device. I simply said "that's not very business friendly," and walk away.


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By Johnmcl7 on 1/15/2010 9:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
There's very little you can't access from the homescreen on the N900, with four desktop and a decent size of screen you can have the interface arranged as you want. I've yet to look at the manual as setting up the homescreens is very easy, since there are no softkkeys or hidden options everything is immediately available.

John


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By sxr7171 on 1/16/2010 3:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah they started already with the stupid announcement every time you disconnect from charger. The N900 does it and I think even the 5800 would flash that stupid message.

Don't even get me started about S60 and its retarded messages that will stop you in your tracks for 5 seconds every time. In the N900 at least they don't freeze the phone until you respond.


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