Symbian

  • The State of Mobile OS Openness


    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting… Read More

  • Nokia to buy Symbian, plans to open platform

    Nokia announced today that it “plans to acquire the remaining shares of Symbian Limited that Nokia does not already own”  and then open the Symbian Foundation along with other device manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson, Motorola, AT&T, LG, and others. The foundation will be open to all developers and "will provide a unified platform with common UI framework”… Read More

  • Nokia Acquires Symbian – Goes Open Source

    Nokia has today announced that they will be acquiring the remaining 52% of Symbian they don’t own and will be releasing the complete Symbian platform under the Eclipse open source license. Nokia have also announced the creation of the Symbian Foundation, which is an alliance of mobile vendors and application providers that any company can join.
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  • Windows Mobile, she is dying


    Microsoft Watch has a good examination of the slow improvement in market share for Windows Mobile. Their assessment? The interface is hampering sales. Duh! Symbian is, of course, the number one smartphone OS in the world simply because Nokia runs them exclusively and Nokia is doing pretty well (14 million Nokia phones shipped in Q1 2008 with 18.4 million Symbian phones shipped) while RIM is… Read More

  • Photos of Sony Ericsson 'Paris'

    Some photos of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming “Paris” smartphone (that’s its codename, at least) have been floating around lately. The device looks pretty nice, I guess, with a comfortable-looking keyboard and big screen. Is it too big, though? I guess we’ll see. Read More

  • The zzzPhone is real, on its way soon

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    I just got back from checking out the zzzPhone and I can say without a doubt that it’s real. It’s definitely not a scam, but the first generation ran into some problems with the manufacturer and they don’t work stateside. I’m told the newest generation is on its way very soon. Maybe within a month. The OS is still uncertain… Read More

  • Microsoft wants Windows Mobile on Nokia phones

    [photopress:n95wm.jpg,full,right] From what I understand, Nokia cellphones are among the best out there and Windows Mobile is among the worst mobile OS’s out there. So it totally makes sense for Microsoft to put pressure on the Finnish corp to release Windows Mobile phones. Microsoft wants Nokia to move in order to extend “synergies.” And for no reason, here’s the… Read More

  • Nokia's N82 is real, and ready for pre-order

    [photopress:n82_tar.jpg,full,center] For those who like their phones black and sexy and powerful, there’s the Nokia N82. It’s been rumored for awhile, but the latest addition to the N-series is real, it’s shipping soon, and is badass. The Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G GSM phone is running S60 over Symbian, has a 5-Megapixel camera with Xenon flash, and looks amazing. $630, but good to go… Read More

  • Motorola Z12 leaked?

    Leaks, leaks and more leaks. The Czechs sure are busy. Co chystá Motorola do Barcelony? První fotografie modelu Z12 se Symbianem UIQThis time around it’s Motorola’s Z12 multimedia device. It appears the device has a touch sensitive controls and is said to be running the Symbian UIQ OS. The Z12 is also purported to have GPS, Wi-Fi, 2.8-inch screen and a super high-res camera sensor… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Symbian

    Ask the average American about Symbian and they’ll look at you blankly. In the grand pantheon of mobile OSes, it is the dashing, shadowy figure with the charming accent to sneaks into your life through Nokia and some Sony Ericsson phones. At its core, Symbian is fairly basic. It works as equally well on a basic candybar phone as it does on one of S-E’s high end personal communicators. Read More

  • Welcome to Smartphones Now 2007

    It’s that time of year again… Smartphones Now time! Smartphones Now is our annual discussion of all things smartphones and will detail the ins and outs of a turbulent and exciting year, a year eclipsed by an 800-pound gorilla and witness to some spectacular flame outs. This is a year of transition, a time when Apple redefined the market and Microsoft played catch-up. New interfaces… Read More

  • RotateMe, a free Symbian app to automatically rotate your mobile's screen

    One of the handy things about phones like the iPhone and Ocean is the ability to switch between landscape and portrait depending on what app, game, or media you’re using. Well, a nice guy named Samir has written up a little Symbian app that lets you rotate your screen using a hotkey or, if you have an N95, by turning the screen. Handy, that. And it doesn’t appear to break… Read More

  • Symbian: "Android's stupid and for babies and dumb heads."


    How did I miss LOLBOTS? Nokia and Symbian were behind school yesterday and Nokia was smoking cloves and Symbian was reading some book and then Nokia as all like “Did you see what Google did?” and Symbian was like “Uh huh Whatdafuk?” and Nokia was all like “Garr garrr I’m Androad” and Symbian was all like “I’m Anchoad” and then… Read More

  • Sony-Ericsson's P51 shows its pretty face; this beauty has brains

    Yes, I like Sony-Ericsson phones. A lot. Just look at this sexy, watermarked-all-to-hell beast. If you don’t want this phone, make sure you’ve got a pulse. The GSM touch-VGA-screen beauty is running Symbian, features HSUPA 3G super-fast Internet access, a 5-Megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, microSD and Memorystick M2, and a drool-proof covering. Ok, I made that last part up, but… Read More

  • Symbian S60 Touch interface: Durrrr

    Durrr… Hi. I’m a phone manufacturer/mobile OS programmer. Durrr… urm…. durr. Hold on. I just had to make pasgetti. So I sawed a man in the Apel stor who had a cool fone called the apelphone. it had a big screen… ICE CREAM!… and it was touch swansitive. You could move your finger on the screen like you were pushing boogers off of the screen and he had a boogie… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung i450

    Remember when I said I had my eye on the i450? Yeah, well, my mind hasn’t changed one bit. See the red scroll-wheel dealie on the left side? It doesn’t move, rather, it’s a touch sensitive ridge. When you get where you want to go (if you wanted to see all the artists or albums), you simply press down in the center of the arc and it jumps to that particular screen. The OS… Read More

  • Sling Announces SlingPlayer Mobile For Symbian OS Handsets

    By pure coincidence Sling has announced that the SlingPlayer Mobile software is now working with Nokia Nseries and Eseries hand sets running the Symbian S60 3rd edition software. The coincidence stems from Nokia’s US launch of the HSDPA N95. That sounds fantastic. I’d love to watch my shows while on the road on my phone. To sweeten the deal Sling is offering current and future… Read More

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