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Symbian Belle showcased on a Nokia N8 in a lengthy video

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Symbian Belle showcased on a Nokia N8 in a lengthy video
Oh, Symbian Belle, where art thou? Some could say the same thing for Symbian Anna still, but let's not pick up a fight. Our Nokia N8s in the office are tirelessly waiting for the Anna update, but we already downloaded the excellent new Nokia Maps and the Ovi Store update, so the only things to look forward to are a portrait keyboard and the new browser UI.

Symbian Belle, however, is a whole different ballgame. It looks and behaves like a modern smartphone OS, takes a lot of clues from the Nokia N9's MeeGo interface, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, and rather introduces a pull-down notification bar, as well as minimalistic back and context menu buttons, Android-style. We evidently have a nice new camera interface as well, which, on camera-centric devices like the Nokia N8, should enhance the photographic experience even more.

The next version of Symbian for Nokia's flagship smartphones is apparently in late stages of development since a working demo has leaked in the form of a lengthy video, which showcases it on the Nokia N8. While we know that by the end of this month all Symbian^3 handsets will be running Anna, Symbian Belle won't come until probably late fall, when the new Symbian handsets like Nokia 700 (Zeta) hit, so enjoy the vid in the meantime.

And, no, you can't send the guy money with PayPal and have the firmware to play with, many have already asked.

Thanks to everyone who sent this!


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posted on 02 Aug 2011, 02:05 1

1. observer (unregistered)


This is beautiful. It doesn't feel like the crappy symbian 3 I'm used to.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 02:49 1

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


LOL this is horrible, maybe it's just the phones hardware but wow.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 05:13 2

4. yann (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


What is horrible?
I'm using N8 for near a yaer already. With such updates will be very nice.
Tell me about camera and video capabilities on your Android phones. Can you compare them to my N8. I doubt it. Android isn't even close...

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:16

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Because a camera is what makes a phone great lol no.

You can't even navigate around this phone without it lagging like crazy. That software looks like it was made back in the late 90s. Even the original android software looks better than this.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:47 1

9. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Ok I'm gonna upload a video of me using the N8 to youtube and then you're gonna tell where and when the phone lagged. As I said it's not the phone it's the user. I use SPB Mobile shell 3.7 hacked and tweaked, you won't even believe how fast and smooth it runs. I know that the regular UI can be laggy sometimes for people that don't know how to work out a symbian phone, but still there are many ways and apps to customise your symbian. My friend has a Motorola Droid x and it does not run as smooth as my N8. By the way his phone got bricked the other day because of an update.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 10:08

12. Belle (unregistered)


Don't expect this update to come anytime soon though. Anna still isn't available for the N8 yet... Probably have to wait till mid 2012 or so, who knows..

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 10:23

13. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


But as I said I don't need it, I already do everything Anna and Belle will do, but it will be nice to have it.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 14:49

15. observer (unregistered)


god, you're a troll.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 04:52

3. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


terrible effort, they should give it up already.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 06:13

6. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Why should they give up??? At least they're updating the phones. My N8 has already recived 2 firmware updates , it's gonna recive 2 more updates unlike many phones out there. But I really don't need the update since I have my N8 hacked and well customised that it runs better than many hight-end phones. It's not the phone it's the user!!!

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 10:07

11. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


yah your right...nokia hardware are so great ..nokia is the one saving symbian...but i still love symbian for lower or budget phones...it is right to move to wp7..

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 12:33

14. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Yes it is right to move to WP7. Trust me they know what they are doing. They needed an OS that's fully supported, new, fresh, and also that would help them reduce costs. Just look at what MS is doing with WP7 and all these updates and new features. Do you think Nokia would have achieved all that in a short amount of time? I dont think so. They considered Android as an option but it didn't work out for them and I'm glad it was that way so that we can have more options in the market.

Elop might seem a troyan hourse, but if you start analyzing the strategy very carefully, you'll realize that it was the right decision. What I personally don't like is that they are ditching Meego. But let's just hope everything comes out right and that Nokia succeed.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:30

8. ihatelie (unregistered)


Anna-Belle-Chyntia-Daniella-Elle-Francesca-....

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 10:04

10. ankitandroid (unregistered)


s**tty phone who cares about symbian it is dead its generation of android ans iphone
s**t on you nokia . android doesnt requires update it has the support of devlopers and google

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