Nokia pulls the wraps off beautiful Symbian Belle

Nokia pulls the wraps off beautiful Symbian Belle
Right after the massive roll out of Symbian Anna, the second major update to the slowly burning platform of Symbian, Belle, standing for beautiful in French, got announced today with three new handsets. It builds on the improvements that came with Anna, but it also brings new features including widgets, improved customization options and built-in NFC support. The update is expected to arrive on earlier Symbian^3 devices including the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7, E6 and 500 in the coming months, but the company gave no exact release date.

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. IMHO.

6. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 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: Aug 03, 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?

16. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

will be in the future

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: Jul 29, 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: Aug 03, 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.

18. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Agree !

19. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 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


24. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 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!

25. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

NFC shows really great potential!

28. ChiX017 unregistered

God i want this!!

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