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New Browser, Ovi Maps & Emoticons Coming To Older Symbian Devices

Here’s some terrific news for those of you using older Symbian S60 v3.2 or v5 devices like the E72, N97 Mini, X6, C6 etc, Nokia is working on bringing a bunch of updates to the older family of Symbian devices. First is Nokia Browser 7.3, the same version that’s coming with Symbian Anna, next is an update to Ovi Maps, and finally there is emoticon support for text messages and MMS, all very welcome improvements.

New Browser, Ovi Maps, Emoticons Coming To Older Symbian Devices

Another good things is that unlike those of you Symbian^3 owners waiting for Symbian Anna, the updates for the older devices won’t make you wait too much. The Nokia C6-00 and Nokia 5230 get updates starting today, while the others will follow in the next few weeks. Here’s a complete list of devices getting the updates:

Symbian 3.2

  • Nokia E72
  • Nokia E52
  • Nokia E5
  • Nokia C5-00
  • Nokia 6700 slide

Symbian 5.0

  • Nokia C6-00
  • Nokia C5-03
  • Nokia 5230
  • Nokia 5235
  • Nokia 5250
  • Nokia X6
  • Nokia N97 mini
  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

As you can see Nokia has tried to cover all the popular models, you’ll find that the original N97 is missing, but hey, they’re probably trying very hard to forget it even exists. The Ovi Maps update will be different for S60 v3.2 and S60 v5, “Ovi Maps 3 SR4 will feature on Symbian 3.2 devices, bringing indoor positioning through WiFi, as well as travel and recommendation services such as those through Lonely Planet. For users of Symbian 5.0 devices, you’ll get Ovi Maps 3 SR6, adding public transport lines and check-in services to social networking sites”.

The news of this updates comes at a time when no one was really expecting Nokia to support these older devices, some of which are over two years old. Great work Nokia.

More at Nokia Conversations.

Come 2011, Symbian^3 Devices Will Become A Whole Lot Better With 50+ Enhancements

The message that Nokia sent out today the SEE 2010, was that they were listening to consumer feedback and have been working to bring 50+ enhancements to existing and future Symbian based devices. While these are features that we have been wanting for quite sometime, it is good to see a definitive roadmap formulate.

Come 2001, Symbian^3 Devices Will Become A Whole Lot Better With 50+ Enhancements

So what’s coming? A new browser(!), a portrait QWERTY keyboard along with Swype in portrait mode and split screen based text input in addition to other improvements that Nokia didn’t enlist. The time frame they have provided is ‘early 2011’, which means late January or early February to me, if was any latter they would used the words Q1, 2011. So what does this mean for devices like the N8 and C7? That a big PR 2.0 will be rolled out somewhere that time, which will bring them on par with whatever new Symbian based devices that Nokia has lined up when it comes to software.

Since there is no Symbian^4 anymore and Symbian is following an evolution based model of updates without the Symbian Foundation’s update cycles, it is also possible that some of these things are released independently, may be via beta labs at first. But in all probability, we’ll see a nice housekeeping firmware update going into the holiday season and a massive and very desirable update once we are out of it.

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