Symbian^4 to Represent New Reality, Break with S60's Past
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.
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.
Sony Seeking User Interface Design Feedback from Swedes
Sony today announced the Sony Concept for Android program in Sweden, which is a way for the company to test new user interface features for its smartphones. To start, Sony is offering 500 Swedish owners of the Xperia Z3 access to a new user experience that's based on a nearly stock version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, with some core Sony elements tossed into the mix.