Nokia Belle is the second big update to Nokia’s Symbian^3 operating system and it makes the dated UI look much better with more home screens, an Android-style pull down notification bar, resizable widgets and NFC support. Sadly, it was expected to arrive to existing handset in 2011 and now its delay is officially confirmed.
Interestingly, Nokia has also dropped Symbian out of Symbian Belle
which is now known as simply the Nokia Belle. We don't know what is the motif behind such a decision, but it seems that the Symbian name is not one Nokia and its CEO Stephen Elop are very proud of recently.
The Belle update arrived with three new Nokias: the Nokia 701, 700 and 603. It’s already being pre-installed on newly manufactured Symbian models like the Nokia N8, but for those of you who have previously purchased a Symbian^3 device, the update is only coming in February 2012.
Here’s the list of compatible handsets:
- the Nokia N8,
- Nokia E6,
- Nokia E7,
- Nokia C6-01,
- Nokia C7,
- Nokia X7.
Some other visual enhancements shipping with Belle include visual multitasking, and toggle buttons for some common tasks like switching the Wi-Fi on or off. Overall, Belle is a nice polish of Symbian which does make it look much better, but when it comes to the menus, mail and other old drawbacks of the platform, they are still there.