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

Old 23-02-2004, 09:53 AM
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UIQ 3.0 for Symbian 8.0 announced.

UIQ have today announced a new version 3.0. It does not go into any great details but states that it runs on a new Symbian version 8.0. It seems that it will be aimed at smaller form factor devices with pen or single handed operation. Full press release attached.

UIQ Technology unveils UIQ 3.0 delivering full one-handed and pen-based operation

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France, 23 February 2004 UIQ Technology today unveiled UIQ 3.0 - the new release of the UIQ Platform. UIQ 3.0 offers mobile phone manufacturers who license Symbian OS the choice of developing smaller form factor smartphones with either pen-based, touch-screen operation or full one-handed operation, providing a unique opportunity for high level code-reuse in product development. This also allows application developers to create applications that can be implemented on both pen-based and one-handed smartphones with a minimum of extra effort. For operators, UIQ 3.0 offers extensive configuration opportunities through the Operator Configuration Package.

UIQ is a proven and successful user-interface platform based on Symbian OS and has been incorporated in six highly successful mobile phones: the Sony Ericsson P900 and P800 smartphones, BenQ P30 and the Motorola's 3G A920, A925 and A1000 phones.

"We are delighted to work with our licensees and continue supporting them to bring successful and innovative smartphones to the market," said Johan Sandberg, CEO, UIQ Technology. "UIQ 3.0 is a platform that offers the framework and the tools to innovate and create highly differentiated smartphones - with one software base without duplicating engineering effort ultimately maximizing return on investment for our licensees".

"With both the P800 and P900 smartphones enjoying great market success, we are excited about the announcement of the further expanded capabilities of UIQ 3.0, enabling development of both one-handed and pen-based smartphones, which will enable Sony Ericsson to take advantage of the growing market demand for Symbian OS phones," said Per Aspemar, Vice President and Deputy Head of Product Development. We are delighted about the unique opportunities that UIQ 3.0 provides mobile phone manufacturers, application developers and operators"

"Symbian supports the development of a portfolio of user interfaces for Symbian OS phones," said Marit Doving, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Symbian. "UIQ Technology's new platform, UIQ 3.0 gives phone manufacturers the ability to create a range of differentiated, innovative Symbian OS phones with different modes of operation and a high degree of code re-use, reducing development cost and risk as well as speeding time to market. UIQ 3.0 gives network operators great scope to configure Symbian OS phones using UIQ 3.0 to meet the specific needs of their customers".

UIQ 3.0 is expected to be commercially available by Q4 2004 with phones shipping in 2005.

UIQ 3.0 is based on Symbian OS v8.0. Symbian OS is the global open industry standard operating system for smartphones and is licensed to the world's leading handset manufacturers.

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Enquiries / Media contacts

Isabel da Palma, UIQ Technology AB +46 (0) 708 57 64 83,

Notes for Editors

About UIQ

UIQ is a user interface platform for Symbian OS, especially designed for advanced, media rich mobile phones. UIQ is designed to offer easy access to the wide variety of data services in 2.5G and 3G networks. UIQ based phones are powerful and give access to enterprise applications, email, multimedia clips and web pages. Excellent interaction and graphical capabilities also provides support for advanced gaming possibilities.

About UIQ Technology

UIQ Technology AB develops and licenses world-class user interface platforms for Symbian OS and supports bringing enchanting mobile phones to market. UIQ Technology AB, established 1999 in Ronneby, Sweden, is a fully owned subsidiary of Symbian Ltd.

UIQ Technology has licensed UIQ to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Sony Ericsson, BenQ and Arima. Publicly announced products based on UIQ include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 for 3, Motorola A925, Motorola A1000 and Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones.

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Old 23-02-2004, 10:13 AM
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The key thing here is one-handed operation, something Series 60 from Nokia ha had since it's inception. Are we seeing Symbian (through UIQ) making sure there is more choice than just sub-licence Nokia's UIQ for simple device.
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Old 23-02-2004, 10:26 AM
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I think the concept of Symbian has always been to have a variety of user interfaces. Don't foget Fujitsu have their own Symbian UI and it's possible that other companies may also be developing thier own. I don't think Nokia will try to change this even if they are the majority stakeholders in Symbian after all there are only so many variations of the Series 60 theme. I know programmers don't like it but more UI's means more choice for the consumer.


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