Nokia Debuts Symbian Belle Update
Nokia today took the wraps off a new version of Symbian, called Belle. The most significant update to the system includes refreshed widgets and home screen graphics. The widgets are resizable, and include toggle functionality (to turn Bluetooth on/off, for example). Symbian Belle ups the number of home screens from three to six, allowing for far more user customization. It also adds an Android-like drop-down notification shade to the status bar so users can quickly see their incoming notifications. Belle features slicker navigation between menus and screens; new applications from Microsoft (OneNote, SharePoint, Exchange ActiveSync); support for near-field communications; and updated multitasking that makes it easier to switch between open apps. Symbian Belle will be available on new handsets in the coming months, and will also be made available as an update to the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7, E6 and 500.
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HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
BlackBerry Delivers Significant Update to Priv and DTEK50
BlackBerry today began rolling out a series of software updates to its Android-based handsets, the Priv and DTEK50. The upgraded software adds new features and improves functionality across various apps.
LG Home 4.0 Brings App Drawer to G5
LG has made an alternate home screen experience available to G5 owners that brings back the app drawer. The G5 initially launched with LG's UX 5.0 home screen experience, which removed the app drawer and kept all apps on the home screen panels.
Google Gives Developers An Early Look at Android O
Google today announced the first preview of Android O, the unnamed next version of its core mobile operating system. This early version of Android O brings with it a handful of new features that clearly target developers and device makers more so than end users.
Verizon's Moto Z2 Force Scores Android 8 Oreo Upgrade
Verizon Wireless today began rolling out the Android 8 Oreo system update to the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. In addition to the core Oreo features, including notification dots and picture-in-picture, the update makes improvements to productivity, performance, and notifications.