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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Symbian^3 PR2.0 revealed

Yesterday we saw the PR2.0 update of Symbian^3, available on Navifirm. Also, yesterday, Nokia held an event called NokiaTalk in Austin, Texas.

The new Symbian UI improvements were shown off. Some rumors were confirmed, like the split-screen keyboard, and some were dismissed, like the revamped homescreen. It will be available though, at some point in the future.

As you can see from the above image, the icon set was completely redone by Nokia and it has an iPhone-ish look to it now. We'll have to see how well the new icons blend in with the various shapes and colors from third party apps.

The new keyboard looks a lot more comfortable to use and uses the split screen technology for both portrait and landscape modes, a thing long awaited and deeply needed by Symbian.

Here is a video from the Austin event and a preview of the PR2.0 update: