Symbian^4 to Represent New Reality, Break with S60's Past
Aug 6, 2009, 9:47 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Symbian Foundation representative David Wood recently spelled out some changes planned for future versions of the Symbian mobile platform. Currently, S60 uses Avkon APIs to derive a lot of its user interface elements. Starting with Symbian^4, it will begin using the Qt user interface tools instead. This means that devices based on versions of Symbian^4 and up will not be compatible with current S60 apps. Developers will have to redesign and/port their applications to the newer base Symbian code in order to work on Symbian handsets. Symbian^4 is not expected to be hardened until the second half of 2010, and most likely won't appear on devices until well into 2011. S60 itself will be phased out over time.
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