Nokia will push out the new version of Symbian to a host of its current-gen smarties in the “coming months”, the phone maker has confirmed.
Unveiled today at the launch of the first two phones running the OS (nicknamed Symbian Anna), the revamped platform is cleaner, faster and more user-friendly than the much-criticised existing version.
Phones in line for update love are the flagship Nseries phone the Nokia N8, the sober-suited enterprise focussed E7 and the lower-end C7 and C6-01. Versions of these shipping from hereon in will run Symbian Anna out of the box.
Standout features of Nokia's new platform include freshly designed icons, a much-improved virtual keyboard, a new edition of Ovi Maps with better search facility and a web browser that’s reportedly four times faster than the current version.
The OS's launch devices the X7 and E6 were showcased today and feature a business and entertainment focus respectively.
Jo Harlow, head of Nokia’s Smart Devices division, said: "We are further strengthening Nokia's smartphone portfolio with these two new devices, both of which offer a more beautiful and intuitive user experience that will soon also be available for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01.
"With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users."