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Symbian^4 gets cancelled, lots of people laid off

Last week Nokia essentially cancelled the development of the next major Symbian OS release, Symbian^4. Some of the new features that were planned for Symbian^4 (or have been already implemented) will become available to all Symbian^3 devices as software updates or separate application downloads (think of a new browser). From now on there will be […]

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Symbian^4 was always two years too late

When you take a look at Symbian^4 UI proposal and some Android screen shots, they look a lot a like. There are notification bar at top, toolbar at bottom, multiple homescreens with widgets of any size. One could say that Symbian^4 is a copy of Android UI. However, that would be overlooking some of the […]

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One thing that Symbian has that Android does not – GPU accelerated UI

Android in fact does not have a GPU accelerated UI today: link. Not sure if they are using some basic 2D accelerators for blitting. In any case, year 2011 may change this as Google is rumored to be preparing UI enhancements for Android.

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SEE 2010 and the future of Symbian

Symbian Exchange and Exposition (SEE) 2010 starts tomorrow. It looks like it is not possible to watch keynotes live online, but websites like AllAboutSymbian promise to follow the event closely. At the moment not much specifics are known of the Symbian roadmap after the plan changed dramatically few weeks ago. Therefore it would be good […]

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Qt coming to Android, iPhone

Not sure if Nokia will ever officially approve this, but there are people who are working on making Qt run on Android and iPhone. The Android port seems to be going well based on the video. I found two iPhone Qt projects: one here and then another one in YouTube. The latter is somehow related […]

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Mobile payments initiative in North America – is Nokia included?

To read from the gigaom article, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have started a joint venture called Isis. The goal is to start up a mobile payment system using NFC (Near-Field Communications) technologies in the USA in the near future. It’s interesting to see such big players working together on something. Instantiating a completely […]

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Symbian^3 screen resolution capped to 640×360

Have you been wondering why Nokia is lagging behind regarding the screen resolution? When comparing to iPhone 4 (960×640 pixels) or even Nexus One (800×480 pixels), Nokia N8’s 640×360 pixels really doesn’t seem a lot. The reason behind this is simple: all Symbian^3 devices will have the screen size of 640×360 pixels at most, period. […]

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Symbian website shuts down – last chance to download the source!

As announced, Nokia will take down Symbian Foundation’s website December 17th. After that lots of interesting information about Symbian and also the source code disappears form being available for everyone. As mostly Nokia is developing Symbian further, they don’t want to keep the open source project running. It has been really interesting to read Symbian […]

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Android UI becoming more like Symbian?

Some people have noticed that the latest Google Maps application on Android might be using new “Gingerbread” UI style that is coming out later this year. The post mentions “squared-off” look. The buttons also look more flat than before. Well, that’s pretty much how the new Symbian^3 UI (softkeys, menus) look like. Maybe Google is […]