Symbian Anna Is To X7, E6 What PR 2 Is To Older Symbian^3 Devices

In addition to the X7 and the E6, Nokia also announced Symbian Anna, an update to the Symbian^3 OS. We’ve known for a while that they were going to get rid of the numbered Symbian naming system and Anna is just the first step in that journey. Symbian Anna is basically what the PR 2.0 firmware will be to older Symbian^3 devices like the N8, C7, E7 et al.

Symbian Anna Is To X7, E6 What PR 2 Is To N8, E7 Et Al.

In this post on Nokia Conversations, they have outlined some of the features we can expect in this new release, which will also be brought to older devices via the PR 2.0 firmware upgrade. In a nutshell, Symbian Anna = PR 2.0 = a faster browser, improved text input, fresh, new icons, improvements to the photo gallery’s useability and the latest version of Ovi Maps in addition of a number of under the hood improvements.

Symbian Anna Is To X7, E6 What PR 2 Is To N8, E7 Et Al.

  • For business users, the update also includes instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, email enhancements that include full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption.

Symbian Anna Is To X7, E6 What PR 2 Is To N8, E7 Et Al.

  • Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.

Symbian Anna Is To X7, E6 What PR 2 Is To N8, E7 Et Al.

  • Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN
  • Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): improved search, including auto-complete, spell-checking and Internet search engine optimization and error fixes; increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN
  • Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images
  • Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.

For Developers:

  • Flashlite 4
  • Java Runtime 2.2
  • Qt Mobility 1.1
  • Qt4.7 (The X7 and E6 will ship with Qt 4.7.3)

There is no release date for PR 2.0 for older Symbian^3 devices, the words used are ‘coming months’, however all indications point to a release sometime next month, possibly in the latter half. Considering how the E6 and X7 also do not have a fixed release date, all we have is Q2, it is clear that PR 2.0/Anna is not quite final as yet.

In many ways, today’s announcement is what we were told last year when the 50+ enhancements were revealed and I cannot wait for Nokia to stop talking about it, and actually ship it. That being said, post the Anna update, we can also expect a new version of Symbian which will completely revamp the UI, including the homescreens. But don’t get excited about that just yet, its still many months away.

2 thoughts on “Symbian Anna Is To X7, E6 What PR 2 Is To Older Symbian^3 Devices”

  1. Nokia announced two new Symbian devices, the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7. With the new smart phones, Nokia also introduced its latest software update, known as Symbian Anna.
    Nokia will soon make the Symbian Anna software update available to existing users of the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6 and Nokia E7 via OTA downloads. Running on devices powered by the Qt framework, developers can create applications for these smart phones using Qt SDK 1.1.
    For details on the news check this: http://blogs.forum.nokia.com/blog/nokia-developer-news/2011/04/12/symbian-anna-software-and-2-new-devices

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