The Symbian Belle is Renamed Nokia Belle
The next version of Symbian OS will be renamed the Nokia Belle, the company announced recently in a blog post. Since its decision to implement Microsoft’s mobile platform, the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, Nokia has made a few announcements related to Symbian OS. Symbian is still important, because the company still needs it before Nokia ships more Windows Phone devices, which won’t happen until the end of 2012. It clearly underlines Nokia’s difficulty in convincing consumers to purchase a Symbian-based phone and the company still believes that Nokia is still a much stronger brand. During Q3, consumers purchased nearly 20 millions of Symbian devices, giving the platform a mediocre 17% market share. In Q3 2010, the company sold nearly 30 million Symbian devices, which represented a market share of 36.3%. Despite the sharp decline, Symbian is still the second largest mobile OS after Android. Symbian still has a strong popularity in certain areas, such as Middle East and Eastern Europe. When asked, the company refused to reveal the thinking behind this decision.
Earlier this year, the Finnish company also made a significant decision by abandoning Ovi, its mobile service brand. Belle devices will first arrive in Chine and then the rest of the world, the N8, N7 and C6-01 will receive the update. The new Symbian OS was unveiled in August 2011; it features a pull-down notifications menu and six homescreens. Widgets for calendar, contacts, music, email and calendar are now resizable and have also been redesigned to match the new interface. The lock screen will provide a number of important information such as inbox messages, missed calls and others.