All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Symbian OS version 9 announced

Symbian today announced the launch of the next version of it's OS - Symbian OS version 9. The new version is aimed at lowering development costs, accelerating time to market and enabling more capable phones. New features and enhancement include support for Bluetooth Stereo headsets, USB mass storage, enhanced 3D graphics and acceleration, device management (allowing operators and enterprises to manage phones in the field), enhanced IMAP support, enhanced sync (group sync and meeting invitations), enhanced security (more permissions), enhanced performance and power consumption (by using latest ARM processors), and improved developer tools.

Latest version of Symbian OS targets smartphones for mass market

London, UK – 2 February 2005 – Symbian Limited today announces the launch of Symbian OS™ version 9, the latest evolution of the world’s leading smartphone operating system.

Symbian’s key strategic focus is to ensure Symbian OS is adopted as a platform for the development of higher volume and lower cost, advanced phones for 2.5G and 3G networks around the world. Symbian OS v9 helps lower Symbian OS licensee development costs and accelerate time to market for smaller, less expensive and even more capable Symbian OS smartphones. As a robust, secure, open and standards-based platform, Symbian OS v9 will support network operators’ cost-effective deployment of revenue-generating services, content and applications.

Symbian OS licensees have phones based on Symbian OS v9 in development, with product launches anticipated during the second half of 2005.

Key enhancements in Symbian OS v9 include:

Enabling multimedia phones – Symbian OS v9’s multimedia capabilities support Symbian OS licensees’ development of phones for specific markets. For example, Symbian OS v9 supports Bluetooth stereo headsets, USB mass storage, advanced audio mixing and playback, as well as the latest MPEG and OMA DRM standards that make Symbian OS the foremost smartphone platform for delivering music and other digital content. Symbian OS v9 also supports the coming generation of multi-mega-pixel cameraphones. Enhanced support for 3D graphics, multimedia and graphics acceleration as well as support for different screen sizes and orientations, and simultaneous multiple displays make Symbian OS v9 a flexible and powerful platform for gaming-oriented handsets.

Managing Symbian OS phones – the enhanced Device Management framework implemented in Symbian OS v9 gives network operators and enterprises new capabilities to manage phones in the field. Using OMA-compliant Device Management solutions, network operators and enterprise IS managers will be able to access a user’s phone over the air to deploy new network services, capabilities or applications, or to diagnose a problem, as well as to audit applications installed on a phone. These capabilities will help network operators provide cost-effective support to customers accessing next generation services and content on Symbian OS phones.

Supporting the Enterprise – Symbian OS v9 provides new enterprise functions such as enhanced filtering and sorting of IMAP email, as well as new group scheduling capabilities, including accepting meeting invitations from standard PIM applications such as Lotus Notes or Microsoft Outlook. Symbian OS v9’s Java implementation gives developers the opportunity to access the functionality and performance of Symbian OS to create advanced Java-based applications and services. Fully compliant with network operator Java specifications and Java Community Process standards, Symbian OS v9 continues to support the latest Java innovations including JTWI (JSR 185) and Personal Information Management (JSR 075).

Enabling advanced network operator services – Symbian OS security capabilities have been evolved in Symbian OS v9 to a finer-grained security model that will help network operators deploy more advanced m-commerce services and DRM-protected content to Symbian OS phones. Symbian OS v9’s security model also helps protect networks, phones and users’ personal information from malware by ensuring applications can only access sensitive phone capabilities (e.g. sending SMS, making calls, access to personal information on the phone etc) when they have been given specific permission to do so. Symbian’s application certification and signing program, Symbian Signed, has been extended to further support the Symbian OS security model.

Even better phone performance – Symbian OS v9 supports the latest generation of ARM-based processors that will enable faster and more powerful Symbian OS phones with improved battery life.

Accelerating time to market and reducing development costs – reference designs from leading semiconductor vendors such as Intel are targeting Symbian OS v9. Reference designs pre-integrate Symbian OS with target hardware, enabling handset manufacturers to reduce Symbian OS phone development time and costs, and to focus development on new competitive and innovative features.

Reducing Symbian OS phone build cost –new software development tools for Symbian OS v9 include ARM’s RealView compiler that substantially improves performance of gaming and multimedia applications. The hard real-time kernel introduced in Symbian OS v8.0 allows manufacturers to build Symbian OS phones based on a single core processor that integrates the two processors (baseband and application processors) commonly used today, thereby helping handset manufacturers reduce phone build costs
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Old 02-02-2005, 01:43 PM
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enhanced 3D garphics and grapgics acceleration
I'm intrigued by these two new buzzwords 8-))

Seriously, Rafe and Ewan, *please* take a couple of seconds to re-read your news posts before hitting that Submit button.

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I wonder what happened to Symbian V8.0?

I'm not aware of any devices that use or plan to use it.

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The Nokia 6630 is based on Symbian 8.0a.

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Question

3230 too.
But isn't it a bit fast. 6630 & 3230 are very new phones but Symbian has announced an improved OS. I think its not a good idea. (I'll buy 6630 soon and always wanted it to be the latest & the best phone. but my dream won't be real)

The thing I don't know is - what is Symbian v1, v2, v3, v4, v5??
I never heard of them.
Do the Symbian programmers know numbers from 6 to 9 lol?

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Old 03-02-2005, 05:25 AM
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ER1, Series 5 ~ 1997
ER2, Series 5 - minor update of fixes
ER3, Series 5 - minor update of fixes ~ 1998
ER4, licensed to Oregon Scientic for Osaris
ER5 was on the Series 5MX/MC218 (~1999) and Revo.
ER5u was on the Ericsson R380.

The idea for releases now is small and more frequently rather than big and monolithic. This helps Symbian respond to smartphone licensees quicker.

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Old 03-02-2005, 06:38 AM
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The thing I don't know is - what is Symbian v1, v2, v3, v4, v5?? I never heard of them.
The Symbian name only came into use from Symbian OS v5 and onwards.

Symbian OS v1 is identical to EPOC Release 1 or ER1, sometimes also called EPOC32 Release 1. Symbian OS v1 was only used very briefly in the very first Psion Series 5 PDA.

Symbian OS v2 is identical to EPOC Release 2 or ER2. It is not available in any production units.

Symbian OS v3 is identical to EPOC Release 3 or ER3. Symbian OS v3 was used in most production units of Psion Series 5 PDAs.

Symbian OS v4 is identical to EPOC Release 4 or ER4. Symbian OS v4 was used in the Geofox One and the Oregon Scientific Osaris PDAs.

Symbian OS v5 is identical to EPOC Release 5 or ER5. This is the most well known release of the pre-S60 and pre-UIQ versions of Symbian. It was used in the Psion Series 5mx, the Psion Revo, the Psion netBook, the Psion Series 7, the Psion netPad and the Ericsson MC218. A Unicode build of Symbian OS v5 (also called Symbian OS v5.1 or ER5u) was also used in the Ericsson R380 smartphone.

Some of these early Symbian OS v5 powered devices have support for WLAN, GPRS, Ethernet and Bluetooth and a range of advanced features utilised in the smartphones of today. Symbian OS v5 machines are still highly popular and remanufactured Psion Series 5mx are available from www.clove.co.uk. Meanwhile, Psion Teklogix is still manufacturing the Psion netPad - essentially a colour screen version of the Series 5mx in rugged casing with Bluetooth, WLAN and GPRS but without keyboard.

For a short while, Symbian OS v6 was also referred to as EPOC Release 6 or ER6. Even this website was initially called www.allaboutER6.com before the name change from EPOC to Symbian became pervasive.
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A screen shot from a Geofox One running Symbian v4 with Eikon user interface with the MENU key pressed.

They're seven years apart but the similarities to Symbian v7 with Series 80 or Series 90 are striking.
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Another OS, just what we need, could they throw a completely-un compatible new memory card in these new phones as well.
Oh yeah and make it dual band 1700/600, that would really seal it.

Symbian begins it slow path to obscurity, FFS what are they doing.

Microsoft will destroy them in 5 yrs.

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Another OS, just what we need, could they throw a completely-un compatible new memory card in these new phones as well.
What's your point? This is a new version of the same OS. Kindly read the announcement again, coz you haven't understood it.

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Microsoft will destroy them in 5 yrs.
On the contrary, the ease and speed with which Symbian can adapt to new chipsets is extending their technological advantage and market leadership. Microsoft cannot follow at this pace. They are simply outrun.
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Actually, the announcement clearly states that V9 is NOT binary compatible with any previous version of the OS. So jobbed's point seems quite valid.

It's all very well symbian being able to adapt quickly to changes, but if they require their developer community to re-write and maintain six or seven versions of the same piece of software, those developers are going to get pissed off pretty quickly and move to another platform.

Symbian do seem to be taking their developers for granted, and that can't be seen as a good thing.
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All sounds nice and sexy for the techy folks, but what does it mean for the actual bod in the street? If I'm Jack Consumer (or even his girlfriend Jill) what tangible differences in handsets will this make for me?

Will it solve the dire battery life of current Symbian devices?
Will it reduce the size/weight?
Will it allow me to do anything I can't do with a Symbian phone today?
 

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