Symbian’s dead, right?
Wrong. Nokia’s moving to Windows Phone 7, but the first handsets aren’t expected until 2012 at the earliest. In the meantime, it plans to continue busting out handsets running Symbian^3 (the current iteration) and now Symbian Anna.
Anna? Is she pretty?
Yes. Well prettier than ^3, not least typographically. The new OS has redesigned icons and a fresh look that’s recognisably Symbian, but also a step towards modern smartphone OS design. It's not the Android-esque makeover we expected, but Nokia is promising further updates down the line.
They say beauty is only skin deep…
And they’re wrong. Anna has also made a number of improvements to the OS “experience” – the browser has been supercharged and there’s (finally) a portrait touchscreen QWERTY which Nokia has realised no longer needs to take up the entire screen. Ovi Maps – one of Nokia’s genuine triumphs in the smartphone age – has been tweaked to add public transport and better search.
Bet the apps are still rubbish
Okay – the Ovi Store isn’t anyone’s first choice for mobile apps, but there is hope. Of sorts. Nokia’s also unleashed a release candidate for Qt SDK 1.1 (an update to its developer framework) that should encourage new apps with better tricks.
Okay, I’m sold. What phone do I need to buy?
If you’ve already plumped for an N8, C7, C6 or E7, Anna will be beamed to your phone in due course. Nokia’s also announced the E6, a midrange touchscreen smartie, and the X7, a stainless steel, Gorilla glass-fronted, 4in beauty with HD video shooting on its 8MP cam. It’ll be available from 3 (who you may recall got a bit leaky this time yesterday).