Nokia Drops 'Symbian' Name, Plans Belle Updates
Nokia has changed the name of its legacy Symbian platform from Symbian Anna/Bell to Nokia Anna/Belle. In a recent blog post about smartphone software updates, Nokia called the upcoming Belle update Nokia Belle and in parenthesis said "previously Symbian Belle." The company did not make a formal announcement about a branding change, however. Nokia also noted that Nokia Belle will be rolled out to a number of devices currently running Nokia Anna. Nokia said that the Nokia N8, C7, and C6-01 will be sold with Belle preinstalled moving forward, and that Belle will be distributed to the existing user base of the N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7, and Oro handsets starting in February. Belle boosts the number of home screens from three to six and improves the performance of home screen widgets.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
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 Brings Back the 3310
Nokia today introduced a new version of the old Nokia 3310 phone. It includes a color screen, Snake, and the original Nokia ringtone.
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.
Nokia Updates HERE Maps for Android and Windows
Nokia today announced sweeping updates to its HERE Maps application for the Android and Windows Phone platforms. The chief goal of this update was to improve the accuracy of maps worldwide with new/changed roads.