The Symbian Foundation hit a major milestone with Symbian^3 being declared functionally complete today. For Symbian^3 this marks a transition from feature submission and stability into the hardening phase. As you know, Symbian^3 powers the much anticipated N8 and improves on earlier versions by bringing in support for advanced layering and effects, HDMI support, better data performance for streaming high definition audio and video.
Symbian^3 also enables things like USB On-The-Go and support for bluetooth keyboards and mice. It also brings in the single tap mode and support for multitouch. Some of the other interesting bits about S^3 are :
- Music store integration in the Radio app – making radio interactive. Ever heard a great song on the radio and wanted to know what it was or buy it then and there? The new “Buy now” button in the Radio app solves this problem by using RT+ RDS metadata to link through to the user’s chosen music store, providing them with relevant info on the current song and artist and letting them make an immediate purchase if they wish to.
- The Podcatcher, new in Symbian^3, allows you to manage podcast subscriptions and automatically download new shows to a predefined schedule, integrating with the music and video players for playback.
- One-click connectivity greatly simplifies the process of connecting to the Internet, doing the right thing without interrupting the user. It delivers a consistent and simple experience across all network-aware applications, streamlining the UI to remove all unnecessary prompts and dialogs. New global settings allow the user to configure platform-wide behaviour, for example ensuring the device automatically switches from cellular to WLAN when a free WLAN network is available.
There is lots of stuff that is new to Symbian^3, if you are interested, try looking this page up.