Symbian Belle Announced; Brings New UI, Resizable Widgets

Last week, Nokia started rolling out the Symbian Anna update for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia E7 and Nokia C6-01 in more than 15 countries of the world. Now, Nokia has finally announced the next version of the Symbian Operating System, called Symbian Belle. The newly upgraded Symbian OS will be available as a free update for users with phones currently running on Symbian Anna.

The latest Symbian Belle OS comes with a new User Interface, along with the improved status bar, live widgets, Modernised navigation, additional homescreens, Visual multitasking, Informative lock screen, etc. It also allows you to resize and rearrange widgets like the clock, email, music player, favourite contacts and the calendar on the homescreens. Symbian Anna has only 3 homescreens, but the new Symbian Belle comes with 3 additional homescreens. Check out the complete features below.

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Improved status bar:

The status bar sports a modern, flat look and incorporates a pull down notifications tab that incorporates common settings and notification of incoming messages, missed calls and the rest.

Modernised navigation:

The navigation and options bar at the bottom of the screen sports a modern, new look, similar to that first seen on the Nokia N9.

New apps:

A new suite of powerful business apps from Microsoft includes Lync (IM for businesses, like Microsoft Communicator), Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster.

Informative lock screen:

The lock screen now tells you about missed calls, messages in your inbox and more, so you can check your phone at a glance. You can now also add a coloured wallpaper to your lock screen.

Visual multitasking:

Now you can flick between larger live images of your open apps to see what’s going on at a glance and move quickly between your apps.

Near-Field Communications (NFC) is also deeply integrated into the Symbian Belle OS, which allows you to share pictures and videos, connect with accessories and check-in with just a tap. Symbian Belle will be available for Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia X7, Nokia E6 and Nokia 500 in the coming months. Until then, check out the demo video below.

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Omkar Dutta

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