Nokia Pushing 'Anna' Update to Symbian Phones
Nokia today announced that it is delivering the Anna update to the first wave of Symbian handsets, including the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7. Symbian Anna uses a new set of icons on the home screens, offers a portrait software QWERTY keyboard, and makes usability improvements to the photo gallery. Nokia targeted some of the new features towards business users, including instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, and meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption within the email program. Symbian Anna also includes the latest versions of Ovi Maps, the browser, Ovi Store, Ovi Suite, and Nokia's Social application. Symbian Anna also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7. The Symbian Anna update will be available through Ovi Suite on the PC or the software update tools on the phone. The system update will first be made available to select countries starting today, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
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.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
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.
Nokia Updates HERE Maps for Windows Phone
Nokia today announced an update to its suite of HERE navigation apps for the Windows Phone platform. HERE Drive+ gains 18 new languages with the update, including Algeria, Iraq, Cyprus, and Libya, making for a total of 118 supported languages.
Microsoft Hands Off Nokia Phone App Store to Opera
Microsoft today announced that Opera Software will soon provide the default app store for older Nokia handsets. Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, the Opera Mobile Store will replace the Nokia Store on devices running the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha, and Nokia X operating systems.