Symbian Series 60 takes on Apple and Google

Symbian has released the latest version of its Series 60 (S60) mobile phone operating system, and has added features to make it more competitive with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.

The fifth edition of the S60 will integrate touch screen control to new handsets, support for higher screen resolutions and a widescreen mode for viewing. Mobile internet use has also been improved, with touch scrolling of web pages and support for Adobe's Flash Lite 3 built in. Motion control has been added, so that users can silence an incoming call by simply turning the handset upside down.

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Why not? most people are cautions of using android , only die hard gadgetholics are getting G1 right now, true the phone itself is pretty ugly... but the concerns around android are the same...

Its is new, untested and coming from a company that many privacy questions rised against it.

Symbian is mature, with a huge developer base and capable or doing anything the competition offers, it is also backed up by Nokia and Samsung and will turn opensource in a few years.

Symbian is here to stay... android just might be the biggets failure of Google yet .

(Beastage said @ #1.1)
Why not? most people are cautions of using android , only die hard gadgetholics are getting G1 right now, true the phone itself is pretty ugly... but the concerns around android are the same...

Its is new, untested and coming from a company that many privacy questions rised against it.

Symbian is mature, with a huge developer base and capable or doing anything the competition offers, it is also backed up by Nokia and Samsung and will turn opensource in a few years.

Symbian is here to stay... android just might be the biggets failure of Google yet .

emm..Actually Android itself is open source hence there should no "Privacy" concern with it and already being Open Source will eventually have a HUGE developer base. Also it is based on a VERY stable and trusted platform(Linux) with a GUI thats bound to be a killer..and to put the icing on the cake google made sure that anybody can develop any application and post it for the android.. I think it might prove to be the biggest competitor to Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms...let alone a failure !

(~InstaShock~ said @ #1.2)
Also it is based on a VERY stable and trusted platform(Linux) with a GUI thats bound to be a killer..and to put the icing on the cake google made sure that anybody can develop any application and post it for the android.. I think it might prove to be the biggest competitor to Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms...let alone a failure !

Replace Linux in this by Unix BSD, and you get the iPhone.

I am developing applications for iPhone/iPod touch, and it is the best platform ever.
I fell in love with XCode the first time I used it. What a great IDE. I prefer it to Visual Studio.

We'll see what Android will do in the future, but the App Store is already huge and Apple has some advantage (if you count the current number of users) over Android.

I don't even know if Android will have something like Cocoa touch and Quartz for 2D developement. For 3D, I hope it will be OpenGL/ES to ease the transition.

I will continue to look at Android in the future to see if porting our applications to the Android would be worth the effort. I will also look forward to an "app store" equivalent.

Unless they actually put physical buttons on the device there's only a handful of ways to implement touchscreen gestures. Which Apple has already used most of them by now.

I mean, credit to Apple for usually doing the best implementation of UI conventions, but they're aren't the only 'innovators' for crying out loud.

(rm20010 said @ #3.1)
Unless they actually put physical buttons on the device there's only a handful of ways to implement touchscreen gestures. Which Apple has already used most of them by now.

I mean, credit to Apple for usually doing the best implementation of UI conventions, but they're aren't the only 'innovators' for crying out loud.


Yeah, I was just being a smartass.

The 5800 looks nice but reminds me too much of my old Samsung F700 - god what an awful phone that was!!!

Just bought a new N78 which has S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 3. Never had a Nokia for years or any phone that uses the Symbian OS. Its very slow to start off with but it certainly beats the OS used on Sony Ericsson's and Samsung's - it feels and looks more professional!

The iPhone certainly looks nice, but they had to release a firmware to allow it to send a text to multiple people - every phone i've had for the past god knows how long has been able to do that, surely its pretty standard phone stuff that should of been there from the start. I'll stick to a phone and an iPod seperate.

did you know that there is no '4th edition' because the Chinese believe that the number 4 is bad luck? it is pronounced in a similar way to the word for 'death'

imho nokia should have named like in the apartment i live in, they actually have two 3rd floors and two 13th floors... like 3 and 3A , 13 and 13A ... they didnt skip straight to the 5th floor or 15th floor, otherwise it would sound like the building had 20 floors when it only had 18.... and so that when the 5th version of the symbian OS comes out , it will really be the 5th edition, not some twisted wrong name to accomodate for people's unlucky number and stuff

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