Nokia Shows Off New Symbian User Interface
Nokia recently showed off some of the elements and features it hopes to include in the next generation of its Symbian platform. In a presentation Nokia made during its Capital Market Day, Nokia stated that the Symbian platform itself isn't bad, but its user interface is. With that in mind, Nokia plans a number of changes to the user interface to streamline the operating system and make it easier to use. Nokia will flatten the architecture a bit, add multi-touch capabilities, reduce the number of clicks it takes to perform many tasks, increase the frame rate in scrolling tasks from 15fps to 60fps, as well as remove some 350 user prompts that interrupt people using the device as they navigate around the user interface. Nokia believes the new user interface, which will be available some time in 2010, will be three times faster to use.
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.
Sony Pushing Marshmallow Concept to Testers
Sony today said a limited number of people can download and install its concept user interface for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on either the Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact. Sony says the concept is rolling out slowly over the coming weeks and will be updated over time with new features and experiences.
Jolla Pushing Sailfish OS 2.0 to Early Adopters
Jolla today began distributing Sailfish OS 2.0 to members of its early access group. Jolla, a company formed by former Nokia employees, first revealed Sailfish OS 2.0 in March.
Microsoft Updates Nokia X Platform
Though Microsoft plans to eventually can the Nokia X platform, the company today announced an update that adds several new features to the operating system. According to Microsoft, the improved OS now includes an app switcher for multitasking.
Nokia may potentially accquire PALM
I'll wait & see what it looks like in the real world...