Nokia today began pushing a system update to devices running the Symbian Belle platform. The new version of Belle (111.040.1511) is for devices such as the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7, and Oro. Some of the new features introduced by the update include HTML5 web app support in the browser, new home screen widgets, a combined package containing the newest Microsoft Office Mobile App and Nokia Maps Suite 2.0, and new imaging apps for the N8. The update is being rolled out globally over the course of the next few weeks. Users will be notified when their device is ready for the update.
Nokia and Microsoft today announced the availability of some Microsoft Office applications to smartphones running Nokia Belle. The first set of apps available include OneNote, Document Connection, Lync, and PowerPoint. The applications will be delivered to Belle phones automatically for free. The compatible handsets include the Nokia E7, C7, C6-01, X7, Oro, 700, 701, and 603 stating immediately. The update will be available soon for the Nokia N8, E6, and 500. Microsoft Word and Excel will be added to the free software suite in a future update.
Nokia today announced that the latest version of its home-grown smartphone platform, called Belle, is available to download. The new system software brings a refreshed look to the user interface as well as a number of under-the-hood improvements to the operating system. Belle is available to the N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7, and Oro handsets. Belle boosts the number of home screens from three to six and improves the performance of home screen widgets. The update is available in most countries, and Nokia says that it must be installed via the Nokia Suite desktop software over USB. The system update is free.
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.
Nokia has confirmed that owners of Symbian-based smartphones in the U.S. now have access to the Anna system update. Anna will be delivered to 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 Nokia Maps, the browser, Nokia Store, Nokia Suite, and Nokia's Social application. Symbian Anna also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7. The update will be provided over the air or via Nokia Suite.
Nokia Beta Labs has released a new bit of software for Symbian^3 devices that transforms the display into an entertaining yet informative landscape. With the software enabled, users can see missed calls, unread text messages, and calendar notifications. The time and date are always visible, it can be dimmed for use at night, and the appearance can be customized as well. Nokia claims that, despite the activity on the display, battery life is not affected. The software also does things such as make use of a proximity sensor, and will shut off Sleeping Screen when the device is covered, such as when in a pocket. The beta software is free, and works with the C6-01, C7-00, N8-00, and E7-00,