Symbian Offers PDK of Symbian ^2, Confirms Death of S60
According to the Symbian Foundation Blog, Symbian has recently released the first PDK (Product Development Kit) for Symbian ^2. The PDK includes several tools for developers, including the full version of the Symbian OS and S60 OS, as well as bits of NTT DoCoMo's MOAP OS and Sony Ericsson's UIQ OS. These are the tools that developers and handset makers will need to bring Symbian ^2 devices to market. Further, in the blog post author Anatolie Papas admits that the S60 brand "will soon cease to exist." S60 is the platform that Nokia uses for its E series and N series devices. Nokia, itself, has not said what platform it will use to replace S60. Symbian ^2 is the first major OS release by Symbian in its new configuration, which should be available in handsets late 2009 or early 2010. Symbian will then follow a six-month release cycle, and release Symbian ^3 by the end of 2009, and so on.
Hands On with CAT's Thermal Imaging Phone
CAT recently announced the S60, a rugged phone with one very unique feature: a true thermal imaging "camera" built right in. CAT has a short but respectable history releasing very rugged phones that might appeal to construction and other field workers.
Cat S60 Boasts a Thermal Camera
Cat Phones today announced the S60 smartphone, a fully rugged handset that is the first to include a thermal camera. The thermal camera allows the S60 to see and take pictures of heat signatures at a range of 50 to 100 feet.
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.
Microsoft Bags Windows Bridge for Android Apps
Microsoft today provided an update on the tools it offers to developers and said it has canceled plans the Windows Bridge for Android (project Astoria). The Bridge was meant to help Android developers re-use their code and port their apps to Windows.
Is this good or bad?
Well, I suppose it won't be too much longer before I'll know what this new Symbian OS is all about.