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Nokia showcasing Symbian Belle this week?

Nokia showcasing Symbian Belle this week?

Smartphone fans look set to get their first glimpse of the future of Nokia’s Symbian proprietary operating system, after the handset-maker unveiled a countdown clock to a grand unveiling of “something new” for owners of the likes of the N8 and E7.

The clock is live right now on the Finns' Facebook page, ticking down the minutes until Symbian users get to “try something new” on August 24th at 2pm BST. And that’s as far as it goes - detail is very, very thin on the ground indeed.

But if you’d checked said page yesterday it was a different story. According to some eagle-eyed tech watchers, previously the teaser featured a URL mentioning ‘Belle’ – which a series of leaks suggest is the successor to the recent Symbian Anna platform refresh.

What ‘Belle’ will add to Symbian smartphones isn’t yet known. But if the web rumour mill is to be believed, we can look forward to a tool for multi-tasking dubbed Task Switcher and drop-down notifications.

More enticing still, though, is the prospect of an all-new app store to cater for the massive Symbian install base worldwide.

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