Nokia details the four or five upgrades they’ll make to Symbian and their devices in 2011

According to IDG News, who sat in on a presentation given by Nokia Senior Manager Gunther Kottzieper at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Nokia is planning to do the following things over the next 12 to 15 months: In Q1 they’ll release a software update for their Symbian^3 devices that features an improved user interface for the web browser. That’s actually not news. What is news is that in Q3 or Q4 Nokia will rip the browser out from the operating system and make it upgradeable, similar to how the browser on your desktop updates irrespective of the operating system you’re running. There will also be “a new look and feel for the user interface”, including “a more flexible home screen”, featured in that Q3/Q4 firmware update.

On the hardware front Nokia said that they’re going to release devices with 1 GHz processors and more graphics memory during Q2 or Q3 2011. For Q4, but more likely Q1 2012, Nokia plans on introducing devices with dual core processors and real optical zoom, similar to the type found on dedicated point and shoot cameras. We’re likely to see dual core Android based devices hit the market in the first half of 2011, so the Finnish giant is once again going to be playing catchup.

And that’s it. Excited or are you bored silly again since you’re tired of Nokia explaining their vision of the future with beautiful PowerPoint slides, while the boys over at Google and Apple actually throw engineers at making said vision a reality? Don’t forget that in the second half of 2011 we’re supposed to see a totally new user interface, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, be released for MeeGo. By the end of 2011 who knows what iOS, Android, or even what Windows Phone 7 or webOS will look like. It’s too soon to call Nokia a total loser, but it’s getting close.

  • Anonymous

    … add a few month delay… as usual 😛

  • Anonymous

    … add a few month delay… as usual 😛

  • 1 GHz in Q2 or Q3? I’m no expert, but the smart phone market is heating up. Their phones might have great battery life compared to others on the market at that time, but they sure aren’t going to get back any mindshare. To put it in perspective, the Google Nexus One was running a 1 GHz Snapdragon in January of 2010. A year and a half is a lifetime in the tech world. They make the lumbering Microsoft look like cheetah in comparison.

    • To be honest (and I’m the first to admit I didn’t believe this), Symbian doesn’t *need* 1GHz to run smoothly. When Symbian was built, 1GHz was completely unheard of – contrast that to Android/iOS, where 1GHz was almost standard when they were written. The N8 has many problems, but speed on its 600MHz (or whatever it is) processor isn’t one of them, honestly.

      This coming from a former Symbian nut who now carries a T-Mobile G2 overclocked to 1.2GHz. (so yes, I know what ‘fast’ is)

  • Ripping the browser out to make it individually upgradeable, eh? Didn’t you write a lengthy article a long time ago about how the entire OS should be modular, allowing easier upgrades of specific apps? (Similar to what Google is slowly doing with Android?).

    It’s weird when you predict/suggest something and then it happens a year or so later, isn’t it?

    • Not really. Everyone knows how to best create something, but it takes time, so a delay from inception to reality is the norm.

  • Ripping the browser out to make it individually upgradeable, eh? Didn’t you write a lengthy article a long time ago about how the entire OS should be modular, allowing easier upgrades of specific apps? (Similar to what Google is slowly doing with Android?).

    It’s weird when you predict/suggest something and then it happens a year or so later, isn’t it?

  • It seems that most of the tech blogs didn’t notice purposely or were sleeping or didn’t give any importance to the roadmap that Symbian foundation released in Feb. 2010. It bodes well with what the current rumor has come from IDG. Infact it was available in open since long, no one cared to notice, now when it is in closed doors, suddenly every1 is talking or ranting about it.
    see this:
    http://mynokiablog.com/2010/02/14/symbiangives-multicore-symbian5-and-symbian6-coming-2011-and-2012-respectively-symbian3-on-cortex-a9/

    P.S: This was back in the days when SF was existing, now that it has dissolved, things/timeline could be different, but seems that the latest news are very close to above old news.

  • Anonymous

    Sigh… all the time and resources spent into polishing a turd when it could have been spent on developing Meego.

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