Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Time. Coming. Long. Put these in the appropriate order, and you'll get my reaction to this news. Nokia has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of the user interface to the Symbian operating system, still the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
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Only good for *NEW* phones, though...
by KenCrandall on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 05:58 UTC
KenCrandall
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2005-06-29

As a former Nokia E61 user, I was always miffed/confused/disappointed by the fact that you "get what you get" when you buy your phone, and none of the newer features (FP1, FP2, etc...) become available on your platform. I was really disappointed to see my device get left in the dust as apps became "FP1 or later" or "FP2 or later." Also, when looking at the state of Java on the phone, and not being able to "Auto Accept" most of the MIDlet properties because my OS was too old soon made it difficult to even try new apps.

One thing I have to applaud Apple for, is that they are still giving the original iPhone users capability updates. An original iPhone user can install OS 3.1 and take advantage of the software updates to the platform (granted, they can't get GPS or some of the hardware-enabled features of the later phones.)

It's all fine and dandy to talk about delivering features that will be in your next device, in your next OS, but stranding existing users (especially for devices in the multi-$100 range) makes one think twice about going that route again...

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ariarinen Member since:
2009-02-07

Well Apple has just med 3 phones, Iphone, Iphone 3G and the 3GS under two or so years. They are hardware wise really similar devices. The E61 are 3 years old, and hardware wise a lot different from current E-series. And before they used powerful TI OMAP 2 cpus on the N-series and Freescale on E and XM line, today the mostly use Freescale and OMAP 3 on most high-end devices.
With current line up Nokia brings the same capability updates to all 5th edition devices, they did reclock the 5800XM to have matching clockspeed with N97 and X6

I'm waiting for my N900 that I get week 51.

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