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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nokia promissing new Symbian devices in the GHz+ range along with OTA updates to the new UI

Ever since Nokia announced their partnership with Microsoft, and the migration towards Windows Phone, they keep pushing Symbian forward. Elop announced at MWC 2011 that Nokia plans to ship 150 million Symbian devices in the next years. It looks like Nokia is going to support Symbian even beyond the transition to Windows Phone, or at least in selected markets, where Symbian has a strong grip on the market. They also encourage developers to sharpen their Qt skills for the upcoming wave of Symbian high end devices. Nokia may be referring to the ever eluding X7 that may or may not see the light of day, as well as the most recent leak, the T7, which is at the moment in the rumor mill. The Nokia E6 may be part of the future arsenal as well.

The VP of Nokia Forum and Developer Community, Purnima Kochikar sent an open letter to the developers, encouraging them to keep Qt-ing in preparation for the upcoming wave of Symbians that she said will arrive throughout 2011 and 2012.

Symbian is the leading smartphone platform in China, India, Russia and Turkey, and these markets will probably get support for Symbian long after the Windows Phone migration. These markets may encourage Nokia to take another chance with Symbian, and Meego practically out of the picture, they may have more time for Symbian.

The software running on the Nokia Astound (the North American version of the C7) will most probably arrive on world wide this summer, with the next major update that may include the new homescreen and overhauled UI scheduled most likely this fall.