The Symbian operating system will be completely revamped this year, a Nokia exec has announced, with a new look and feel intended to help it rival Android and Apple.
According to a report from computerworld, Gunther Kottzieper of Nokia outlined the company’s plans to fight back in the operating system wars in an address at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.
Kottzieper said that four or five updates are scheduled to happen periodically throughout the year, each changing a key facet of Symbian.
Improvements reportedly pencilled in include 50 changes, among them a shiny new look for the UI, “a more flexible homescreen” and an all-new HTML5 browser.
Also bolstering Nokia’s charge are handsets packing dual core processors to add a bit of brawn for multi-tasking and what Kottzieper dubbed a “true zoom camera”.
Nokia’s fall from grace in the smartphone market has seen it lose both mind and marketshare to competitors whose operating systems are perceived as easier to use and more intuitive.
The company plans to replace Symbian in its high-end NSeries phones with its MeeGo platform some time next year.
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