Today is a great day for the owners of Symbian^3-based mobile phones, as Nokia has made the Symbian Anna operating system version available for download for their devices.
All owners of Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 mobile phones will receive the update, though not all of them will be able to download and install it today.
This week, users in a number of more than 17 countries across Europe and Asia will receive access to the update, Nokia has just announced.
Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, and the UK were included in the first batch of markets to taste Symbian Anna, Nokia unveiled.
Other countries will also enjoy access to the new software update in the next three weeks, which some expected to receive it even as soon as this week, but no other info on this was made available for the time being.
The one thing that is certain, however, is that all Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 owners will receive access to the OS upgrade, though it remains to be seen how long it will take for the update to arrive on all devices.
The new Symbian Anna software update will be pushed to handsets through Ovi Suite on the PC, and is also available via the SW Update app on the mobile phone. The latest version of this desktop application is available for download from Softpedia as well, via this link.
The file is a large one, and uses are advised to download it via the Ovi Suite, a recent article on Nokia Conversations reads. Those who would like to update over the air should consider using a WiFi connection.
The Symbian Anna platform was unveiled several months ago, and was already made available on the market on new mobile phones, such as the Nokia E6 or the Nokia X7.
Compared to last year's Symbian^3 OS flavor, Symbian Anna brings a nice range of enhancements to devices, aimed both at end-users and developers, some of which would include:
Improved text input - There’s a portrait QWERTY keyboard for fast, single-handed typing.
- There’s also a split-screen view while you’re typing, so you can see the web pages, forms and message threads you’re replying to.
Better browser - The browser is easier to use and faster, and offers better compliance with recent standards.
Enhanced Maps - Ovi Maps now has a simpler and quicker search function.
- It also includes public transport routes.
- And you can check in to social networks, send emails and SMS messages sharing your location.
Business features - Email improvements include full meeting request support.
- Hardware-accelerated encryption of your phone’s data for true business-grade security.
- Secure intranet access for business users who need IPSEC and SSL VPN enablers.
Near-Field Communications - Symbian Anna also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7, for easy sharing, games, use with NFC-enabled accessories and reading NFC tags on other items.
For developers - Flashlite 4, Java Runtime 2.2, Qt Mobility 1.1 and Qt 4.7 bring things up-to-date for developers.