Nokia has announced that the next major iteration of its Symbian operating system, codenamed ‘Anna’, will be released in August.
First revealed in April, Anna promises to bring a spate of new features that Espoo first promised back in November last year, such as split-screen text entry, portrait QWERTY, Swype keyboard integration and a brand new web browser.
Today at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore, the Finnish smartphone giant officially revealed that Symbian Anna – which is already shipping with the E6 and X7 – will be rolled out to existing Symbian3 handsets, such as the N8 and E7, starting August.
It’s safe to assume that units purchased in July will have the software installed out of the box.
In related news, Nokia said that there’ll at least ten Symbian powered devices launched over the next 12 months, despite also unveiling the first-ever MeeGo powered smartie, the N9 which will replace it as the OS of choice for Nokia's highest-end handsets.
Stay tuned for more information about Symbian Anna in the coming weeks.