Nokia pulls the wraps off beautiful Symbian Belle
A visual overhaul of the widgets is probably the first thing you’d notice in Belle. Now, you can resize widgets, which come in five different sizes. Nokia has also introduced toggles buttons for quickly changing settings. The space on your home screen has also increased from only three panes in Anna to six in Belle. Android users will instantly recognize that pull-down status bar at the top, which Espoo seems to have borrowed from Google’s platform.
Apart from the visual update, in Belle we can see the first fruits of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership as the platform now includes apps like Lync, an IM client for businesses, Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster.
Multitasking has also been improved, now showing you live images of open apps. The lock screen has been redesigned to give you more information now including missed calls and messages.
NFC has also been deeply integrated allowing you one-tap pairing with compatible accessories and easy sharing of files again via just a single tap between devices. While that doesn’t change the core of Symbian’s dated maze of menus, it does show Nokia’s commitment to its platform. What’s your opinion about Symbian’s new clothes, are they belle enough to get you to once again consider the platform?
source: Nokia Conversations
1. kelpa32 (unregistered)
Is Nokia playing catch-up with this Symbian Belle update.
11. Lawrence (unregistered)
Nokia is playing copy-cat with HTC Sense
2. Moo (unregistered)
I remember having great nokia phones in the early days. They were great phones during the time when phones did not really do much.
3. gregs (unregistered)
works and looks great.Price of new phones is unknown...
4. ryq (unregistered)
so this update will be release next year? nokia is so slow!
5. franc33 (unregistered)
I love Nokia for its simplicity. Symbian is enough for me. I don't go for fancy UIs, I go for usability. I don't care about the sea of apps since I barely use them (only essential ones).
I simply love the build of the phones they make.
6. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I like a company that is committed to delivering its promises. I like nokia.
But galaxy S II has my mind now.
7. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Looks absolutely awesome !
Probalby gonna get the nokia 701.
Why are nokia ditching symbian for WP/ when they got this ??????
26. ChiX017 (unregistered)
Remember is about ecosystems not just devices.
8. lalala (unregistered)
the ui looks alike Samsung galaxy 5's ui see for yourself
9. VijayaBaskaran (unregistered)
Today's announced devices will cost. Nokia 600: 180 eur / 260 USD before taxes and subsidies Nokia 700: 270 eur / 390 USD before taxes and subsidies Nokia 701: 290 eur / 420 USD before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 will all come with Symbian Belle software. Symbian Belle will be available from the fourth quarter onwards on the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7 and Nokia 500
10. Dan02 (unregistered)
yeah nice one from nokia....there is to many application and games like other platform...
12. nokia c6 (unregistered)
why this is not available for my nokia C6?
23. lolwhat??? (unregistered)
no he wont, as C6 is running s60 v5, wont be compatable with 'anna', let alone 'belle'. Sollution: just go and buy nokia symbian^3 devices, regardless if it's 680mhz or 1ghz proc.
34. rye (unregistered)
I think his refering to c6-01. It will get symbian belle for sure
13. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)
This is nice from Nokia and Symbian. The supposedly "burning platform" now acts by itself and slowly uses a fire extinguisher aiming at the fire. But way to go Nokia! Good thing you used that pull-down notifications which, by the way, was on Maemo too.
So what's next? Make Symbian ala swipe-centric MeeGo? I think it would be awesome!
And besides, Symbian is also way more battery-efficient than Android. Still, the apps on Android matter. But in real life, battery is way more important for a PHONE although I have always wished for the battery operation time of Android-based phones to last longer than they currently do.
Nokia N8 and Samsung Galaxy S user here!
14. symbian crap (unregistered)
completely copying android then ios symbian is dead only a fool could buy this outdated os instead i would have bought android wp7 or iphone
17. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
why buy WP7 or IOS when you can have symbian belle ?
Belle is better than both of them, however bada 2.0. is better than all three of these ; )
27. RVM (unregistered)
actually, both Android and iOS copied from Symbian much more then vice-versa.
15. Jasper (unregistered)
I still feel that it is a bad choice to give up the loads of investment put into developing Symbian and Meego; Windows Phone is good, but I see no market potential in it, given its late arrival and restrictions.
19. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
Yeah and because WP7 came late to the game it takes the best out of iOS and Android which makes it better.
21. andro (unregistered)
Nokia is attempting to play catch up here and the update llooks very android like,that said they are better off as Android is the leading platform and Apple will attempt to sue the underwear off them if they tried to even look at os design,after all Apple invented used a grid icon ui in phones and all else copied including all manufacturers who used the grid system in button only traditional phones released 8 or 9 years ago
29. RVM (unregistered)
Dude, Nokia (and other manufacturers) had grid icon UI long before Apple started to produce phones. And btw, both iOS and Android copied much more from Symbian than vice-versa.
22. desterno (unregistered)
NOKIA IS BACK
24. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
"While that doesn’t change the core of Symbian’s dated maze of menus" Guys at PA, belle brings flat out menu and the maze is gone. Check the video.
40. someguyfromholland (unregistered)
totaly right dude!
28. ChiX017 (unregistered)
God i want this!!
30. LegalLou (unregistered)
How is it that in a day where Apple can sue Samsung because they have a centralized "home button" Symbian isn't getting sued by Google for this obvious rip off of the Android os? Don't get be wrong, i think it looks great and hope it makes it to the market, but I definitely see this bringing a law suit.
31. jordanx (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
ios and symbian copied the notification bar , stupid symbian and ios
33. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
Belle is really beautiful!!...cant wait to run the update on my N8..no matter how much anyone argues I swear I will stick to my N8 jus coz of this and the awesome 12MP camera!!
35. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)
looks great but why the hell looks like android with the same status bar and conecting devices messages and almost everything
36. dara (unregistered)
I have an sony ericsson Vivaz(symbian s 60) with SPB shell 3.7 launcher on top and I can say that it trumps android gingerbread(I also have an Xperia Arc) in some little details of file management and messaging, and in the big part of theme support.
Now these new Nokias have all that and also, FINALLY, the smooth intuitive UI, which leaves basically no advantages to android.
Besides the market, of course.
Anyway, Nokia made it's biggest mistake ever in neglecting symbian and making a deal with microsoft, that basically left them standing on ice for the entire friggin year!
37. ricky (unregistered)
belle is going to rock,,,it is better than android
38. Izzo890 (unregistered)
Just cant wait for this Belle. Wish i fall asleep and when i wake up, there she is. Android and IOS, back off. You guys copied a lot from symbian.
39. Dick (Richard) Head (unregistered)
Symbian Belle is better than Android and iOS. Sales are on the increase with Nokia now. They are officially rebounding. Infact there rising again, and Belle is exciting the network providers. And these new Nokia handsets are Better than Iphone 4 & 5. Belle is lightening quick and with a 1ghz processor is way quicker than any phone on the market. Little do people realise that not only have these new handsets got a more powerful processor but also have a graphics accelerator that is very powerful. Also Belle is written in ultra lite c++ compared to these battery killing iOS and android that take up so much resources just to get it working. Apple's finished. And with a samsung Microsoft deal on royalties. Nokia are going to rise big time with Belle which has got such good reviews. Also microsoft is helping nokia bug time, and to offer another kind of OS to please a wider audience. Nokia has been resurrected. Nokia are set to release even more handsets including the lush n8-01 this has been highly favoured too... And how about the X10, - Nokia are upto something... Something good. Quad core 2ghz, 2gb ram 2gb rom, 15 mp camera carl zeiss. Dragontrail glass... There is so much more. With Belle it would be too quick and powerful. This would kill any phone on the market... Good job Nokia.
41. mrhazhespaz (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
people may just ignore me but listen, it looks good, but its TERRIBLE!, SLOW, DOESNT INSTALL ANYTHING AND THERES NO TRANSITIONS, SO IT LOOKS TERRIBLE! DO NOT UPGRADE, YOU WILL REGRET IT AND YOU CANT GO BACK TO ANNA!