The availability of UIQ 3.3 has just been announced by UIQ Technology. The new release adds Opera Mobile 9.5, supporting ‘a full web-experience on mobile devices’, Opera Widgets, UIQ Dashboard amongst other things.The latest release is built on top of Symbian OS v9.3. The progress of UIQ as compared to S60 has been somewhat limited owing to the fact that there is only one major manufacturer i.e. Sony Erricson which makes UIQ devices with mass appeal. Whether or not this release bolsters UIQ adoption in the markets remains to be seen. The Beta SDK (Software Development Kit) for UIQ 3.3 is already available for download from UIQ DevCom website.
Full feature set and press release after the break.
UIQ 3.3 includes incremental enhancements in line with market requirements, including enhanced support for operator services and extensive customization for addressing different market segments. UIQ 3.3 is available for UIQ Technology licensees, partners and third- party developers.
Focus on enhanced support for operator acceptance
UIQ enables phone manufacturers to meet the requirements of several major telecom operators. The features added into this release allow UIQ 3.3 based phones to target a broad audience.
A new version of Opera 9
Includes an extensively enhanced version of Opera browser (9.5) with an improved user experience of browsing on the mobile phone including faster page loads, a new layout engine and a new intuitive user interface including page overview and panning. It also includes a Widget Manager making it possible to see, run, download and remove widgets on the phone.
A widget dashboard
The new version of the Opera browser also includes a Widget Manager, making it possible to see, run, download and remove widgets on the phone.
Contains a fullset Java JSR 248
This Mobile Service Architecture is the emerging standard for mobile devices running J2ME and CLDC allowing developers to create a wide range of media-capable applications. Examples of new JSR APIs.
A full-feature unified messaging suite
Contains improvements in SMS and MMS such as a unified message composer allowing for the intuitive creation of SMS and MMS, Voice messaging and rich text messaging.
“UIQ 3.3 will significantly enhance the options for creating differentiated mobile phones for different segments and different price ranges,” said Mats Barvesten EVP Product Management and Ecosystems. “Operators are also given the opportunity to promote their services through customized folders and a widget dashboard. We have integrated the Opera Mobile 9.5 web browser and added a number of new functions and possibilities that are in line with our strategy to enable phones with world class user experience.”
With an aim to extend UIQ based mobile phones into the mass-market, UIQ’s focus is to ensure a flexible and powerful open user interface and development platform that optimizes the options for mobile phone manufacturers to create higher volume phones for the market.
“The UIQ platform is a key enabler for several of Motorola’s multimedia-centric devices – including our new MOTO Z10 kick-slider handset, which offers users a host of features and applications for a unique mobile video experience,” said Christy Wyatt, Vice President, Software Platforms & Ecosystem, Motorola. “We look forward to supporting UIQ 3.3 in future mobile devices, leveraging its new capabilities to further enhance customer experiences, and working closely with UIQ to provide the essential toolsets to our developer community.”
“With UIQ 3.3, including a number of web based technologies, we see the platform evolving further to enable even richer user experience,” said Ulf Persson, Corporate Vice President and Head of PBU Open Platform at Sony Ericsson. “We welcome this release and are committed to developing and delivering products on UIQ 3.3.”
Antony Edwards, Vice President Developer Product Marketing, Symbian, said “UIQ 3.3 will bring a host of new opportunities for developers wanting to innovate on a powerful user interface platform, including new APIs such as SQL. Symbian OS v 9.3 strengthens the offering for handset manufacturers with its robust and scalable OS, enhanced phone performance and hardware capabilities, allowing them to bring differentiated phones to market more quickly.”