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Symbian Belle brings smartphones to the mass market

Nokia wheels out Symbian update for mass market smartphones

Troubled handset giant Nokia has unveiled the latest flavour of its Symbian operating system, which it will use to attack the mass market smartphone sector. Symbian Belle is the latest in a series of planned software updates, increasing the number of home screens from three to six and enhancing the capabilities of live widgets.

NSN has announced that executive chairman Jesper Ovesen will step down from his role upon the closing of Nokia's transaction with tech giant Microsoft

Nokia outsources Symbian development, sheds 4,000 jobs

In what appears to be another move to distance itself from Symbian, Nokia on Wednesday announced plans to outsource development of the floundering operating system to consultancy and outsourcing firm Accenture. As part of the process, the Finnish giant will also transition some 3,000 employees to the outsourcing firm.

Nokia's Ovi store and Symbian shipments are going up despite pending R&D cutbacks

Nokia’s Ovi store on the up, R&D going down

Nokia’s Ovi app store has hit the five million downloads a day mark, despite speculation regarding its future since the Finnish manufacturer entered a deal with Microsoft earlier this year. The app store offers more than 40,000 products but many believe it’s unlikely to survive in the context of Nokia’s agreement to ship Windows 7 phones from 2012 onwards. Microsoft has its own app store, Windows Marketplace, and it seems unlikely that the pair can co-exist in an ultra-competitive market.

Nokia says Symbian is no longer open source

Nokia says Symbian is no longer open source

Nokia has announced that its Symbian platform is no longer open source. The news comes less than a year after the now-defunct Symbian Foundation released the first completely open version of the OS, with Nokia saying that its “open and direct” model referred to its business plan rather than the Symbian source code.

Nokia appears to remain committed to Symbian

Nokia to stick with Symbian – for the time being

Despite its February announcement of a partnership deal with Microsoft, Nokia has reiterated its commitment to the Symbian platform. Many interpreted Nokia’s decision to adopt the Windows 7 mobile platform as the end of the road for Symbian; the once dominant platform has been struggling to keep up with Android in the market-share stakes and recently slipped behind it for the first time.

Android handsets held two-thirds of the market share in Europe, according to latest data

Android overtakes Symbian in smartphone OS rankings

The Google-backed Android operating system overtook Nokia’s Symbian during the fourth quarter of 2010 to become the leading platform in the smartphone segment according to market analyst firm Canalys. Shipments of Android devices reached 32.9 million by Canalys’ estimation, with Symbian trailing on 31.0 million. Symbian’s performance keeps Nokia in first position among the vendors, however, with 28 per cent market share in the top tier, the analyst said.

Nokia finally accepts the inevitable and brings Symbian in house

Nokia brings Symbian in house; Foundation becomes licensing vehicle

The Symbian SEE shows kicked off in Amsterdam on Tuesday and it’s probably quite an interesting event to be at. If only because all the rumours were true: the Foundation will transition into another entity and the Symbian operating system itself will finally be absorbed by Nokia.

Lee Williams exits the Symbian Foundation

Symbian on the rocks as Williams departs

The Symbian Foundation issued a cursory statement late on Tuesday announcing the immediate departure of executive director Lee Williams for personal reasons, fuelling speculation about the future of the organisation.

The N8 will be available for online order and immediate delivery from October 15 and in store from October 22

Nokia N8 available from October 15

Keen to get the message out, Finnish handset giant Nokia said Wednesday that its forthcoming flagship device – the N8 – will be available to purchase in stores on October 22.

The N8 will be available for online order and immediate delivery from October 15 and in store from October 22

Nokia begins shipments of N8

Still in damage control mode, Finnish handset giant Nokia assured the world on Thursday that its flagship Symbian^3 device, the N8, has started shipping.

70 per cent of service providers see opportunities in partnering with OTT providers

As smartphone users rocket, Android ousts Symbian

The number of smartphone users worldwide is expected to exceed the one billion mark by 2013, with growth driven by ongoing competition between top tier OEMS and challengers such as Google, RIM, Apple and Microsoft, all of which are racing to create the best possible user experience at lower pricing points.

Anssi Vanjoki tendered his resignation after being in his new role for just shy of 11 weeks

Nokia sells modem business, pledges ‘laser focus’ on smartphone segment

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has sold its wireless modem business to Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas for $200m. The announcement came on the heels of a blog post from Anssi Vanjoki, head of the newly created Solutions unit within Nokia, in which he pledged to launch a fightback that would re-establish Nokia as leader in the smartphone space.

The Xperia X10, one of Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android flagships

Sony Ericsson trumpets return to profit (restructuring charges aside)

Japanese-Swedish handset joint venture Sony Ericsson trumpeted a return to profit Friday morning as it reported its first quarter 2010 results. The firm said that net profit for the quarter was €21m, but noted that restructuring costs were not taken into account.

Skype will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge

Nokia puts Skype on Symbian

Using the power of brand to reach consumers, Nokia on Wednesday hopped into bed with Skype to make the VoIP client available to some 200 million smartphone users worldwide.

The WAC has announced the availability of the WAC 1.0 specification

Nokia to overhaul Symbian UI, invest in Maemo

Handset giant Nokia is planning an overhaul of its Symbian user interface in 2010, and will also bring out a flagship device powered by the Maemo Linux-based operating system the same year.

Nokia brings Qt to Symbian, Maemo

Nokia brings Qt to Symbian, Maemo

Finnish handset vendor Nokia on Tuesday unveiled the latest version of Qt, its cross platform application and user interface framework, providing support for more platforms including Symbian, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.6 and the upcoming Maemo 6.

The Sony Ericsson Satio is one of the handsets affected

Double trouble for Sony Ericsson

It’s been a rough week for struggling handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson, with issues affecting two of its flagship devices in the UK.

Spotify makes it onto Symbian

Spotify makes it onto Symbian

On Monday popular music streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a mobile app for the Symbian platform, making the service potentially available on millions more devices.

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