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Nokia Says More Software Updates Headed to Symbian Handsets

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Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e
updated Nov 9, 2010, 10:57 AM

Nokia has reaffirmed its intent to ship more Symbian handsets with near-field communications (NFC) capabilities on board. Speaking at an event, Senior Vice President Jo Harlow said that Nokia is developing a way to add NFC and other features (Swype, better software keyboards) to Symbian handsets via software updates, though she failed to provide specifics. "In the past if you bought a device, you got one or two software updates," she said. "We will now begin to deliver software updates more frequently and more of them. Visually, you’ll see some significant upgrades coming, to keep the experience of the device fresh and new for the consumer." Earlier this year, Nokia canceled a handset with NFC built in, and then later said NFC was headed to its smartphone line. NFC is a short-range radio technology that allows devices such as cell phones to act as mobile payment devices. The NFC chip inside the phone can be programmed to trigger a number of different actions when it comes in contact with another NFC chip or reader. The Nokia C7, which runs Symbian^3 and recently became available in European markets, has an NFC chip on board, but its functionality has yet to be enabled. Harlow did say that a significant software update will be made available to Symbian handsets in the early parts of 2011.

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Nov 9, 2010, 10:59 AM

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is what i feel nokia really needs. some nice high end unlocked 1GHz plus touch screen phones with android 2.2. i'd buy one
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