Symbian Unveils Platform Release Schedule
Symbian has released information on the development schedule and planned availability of future versions of the mobile operating system. Right now, it is working on Symbian^2, which is based on S60 5th Edition. Symbian expects Symbian^2 to be "functionally complete" by the middle of 2009 and "hardened" by the end of 2009. Hardened means devices should be available at that time. It is also working on Symbian^3, which should be complete by the end of 2009 and hardened by the middle of 2010. Symbian^4 and later versions are also already in the works. Symbian will deliver only those features to each successive release that are stable and meet the planned release schedule. The goal is one release each six months. Each version of Symbian will receive .X updates for a period of 12 months following its release to fix bugs. According to the Symbian Blog, the feature set for Symbian^2 is already complete and most of the content for Symbian^3 is already agreed, but there's still some room for change. Symbian^4 and later releases are far from complete and more open to new features and functions.
Google Calendar Can Help Find Time for Goals
Google has updated its Calendar app for Android and iOS devices with the ability to schedule time for personal goals. Goals are activity based, such as working out or playing an instrument.
Google Officially Releases Android 7 Nougat
Google today made the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat available to developers, phone makers, and select devices. Google released the first developer build of Nougat earlier this year and has been refining the platform ever since.
Skype to End Support for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian
Microsoft recently indicated it will cease to support Skype on devices running Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. The company said it will retire the official Skype app for WP7, as well as any ancillary apps that support it over the next few weeks.
WhatsApp Ending Support for Blackberry and Symbian OSes
WhatsApp plans to cease supporting a handful of older mobile operating systems by the end of the year. WhatsApp will stop working on devices running Android 2.1 and 2.2; all BlackBerry OSes, including BlackBerry 10; Nokia's S40 and Symbian S60 platforms; and Windows Phone 7.1.
HTC Says Lollipop Rollout Going Slower Than Hoped
HTC today warned owners of its handsets that it likely won't meet its self-imposed 90-day deadline to deliver Lollipop to existing handsets. Several years ago, HTC promised customers it would update its handsets to the latest version of Android within 90 days of that vesion's general release.
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