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Motorola A830 - the next Symbian phone? aka Siemens U10?

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Motorola have been a member and liscensee of Symbian for a relatively long time, but we have yet to see a Symbian device from then. Recently a leak spilled their roadmap for future phones on to the web in spectacular fashion, but what about something closer to the present day. All About Symbian has been investigating - this is what we have found. Update: Changes to reflect news of Siemens U10 and make it clear this is speculative.

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Samsung liscenses Symbian OS

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Following on from the liscensing of Series 60 Samsung has confirmed its comittment to the Symbian OS by formally announcing it is liscensing the OS. This means the top 5 phone manufacturers in the world have now liscensed the OS.

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Bookmark: Symbian to work on OS not UI, 4 new UI's soon

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According to this article on EWeek Symbian are concentrating on the OS rather than the UI. Aside from this having been known before (the Series 60 is a Nokia UI and the UIQ has become a SE thing) it does make the decision clearer. The article also mention 4 new UI's will be arriving soon mainly in the Asian market. Read the full story for analysis.

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Opera optimised for the small screen

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Opera have announced the forthcoming avialability of their browser for Smartphone, but with a difference. It has technology that takes into consideration the size of the screen and fits it to it. The best news is that we'll be seeing this first on the P800 and Series 60 quite possibly as a user install, but more likely as an OEM option.

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Personal Note: Message from Rafe

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I would like to apologise for the lack of service (from me) over the last week or so. Thanks to the excellent job of the other admins the site has been updated.

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Comment: When is a phone, just a phone?....

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He's been down the pub, he's getting ready for going away for the weekend, it's the middle of the night, and the booze is wearing off..... Yep SwitchBlade is on a ramble again, be afraid, be very afraid.

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FreEPOC Release JABP

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JABP (Just another Banking Program) has been launched by FreEPOC. JABP is an experiment - the objective has been to write a simple and free financial program which runs on Epoc (of course), IPAQ, Sharp Zaurus, Windows, Linux and Unix. You can exchange your data files seamlessly between different platforms. And of course Jabp will exchange data with Microsoft Money and Intuit Quicken. Oh, and did we say that we expect it to run on the forthcoming Sony Ericsson P800 superphone? Since Jabp is currently in beta it may still have some bugs. It isn't intended to be as fully featured as our well-established and award-winning ABP. Is Jabp worth developing further? Let FreEPOC know.

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Siemens and series 60

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PMN has an interesting article with Dirk Hoffman form Siemens it discusses why Siemens went for Symbian when they were currently using Microsoft. They say they see Microsoft being the Mobile OS for Corporate software but only in the short term. They expect this to change as Symbian becomes more established. The article also intriguingly mention the new Siemens Series 60 device to be released soon. More details of this device are available to PMN Subscribers along with a more in depth article however I'm not prepared to pay 20 a month to find out.

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Symbian and Accelerated Technology announce XRay

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Symbian and Accelerated Technology have announced the first product in their partnership - XRay an advanced debugger that can look in on what is happening in the kernel. This is specialist software intended for phone manufacturers or very high end developers. It shows the strength in Symbian alliance and developer strategy.

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Develop Section opens for business with a bang!

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The long dormant Develop section of All About ER6 has opened with a bang. The FreEPOC - All About ER6 OPL Project is here. Coincidingwith the launch of the Event Core from FreEPOC the project aims to encourage OPL development. Tutorials, articles, support and a competition - what more could you ask for?!

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Nokia's first 3G handset....

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Nokia have announced the 6650, this is their first 3G phone for the public sector and looks to be running the Symbian Series 60 UI (admin edit: it's not it is Series 40, but it is still a nice phone). Includes a camera to take photos and make movies, a nice looking bit of kit.

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