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December 17, 2010

Nokia readies multiple Symbian updates for 2011

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by Darren Allan

Nokia is set to give its ailing operating system Symbian some considerable attention next year.

You might recall that at the beginning of last month, Nokia took back control over the development of Symbian from The Symbian Foundation (which has been relegated to the role of a licensing body).

And now the Finnish company has let slip its plans for reviving the OS which has been abandoned by the likes of Samsung and Sony Ericsson in favour of other competing operating systems such as rising star Android.

According to PC World, Nokia announced at the International Mobile Internet conference this week that the company would be making smaller incremental upgrades to the OS in the future.

The firm is planning four or five upgrades over the next 12 to 15 months, in fact, and that will include a fresh new look for the interface, a more flexible home screen, and an upgradeable HTML5 browser.

Nokia will also be gunning for it in the hardware stakes, upping the ante on its processors to 1GHz and planning for dual-cores later next year, along with improved graphics chips.

Nokia has got a lot of work to do to shore up the damage inflicted on its smartphone market lead this year, but new CEO Stephen Elop certainly appears to have a plan of action. The other point of interest to watch will of course be MeeGo, and what happens with that.

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