Symbian S^3 Gets Official, Officially Demoed

Above, you’re looking at a great little video showing off the new Nokia interface for Symbian S^3. There are multitouch gestures to spare, including pinch to zoom, swiping, and scrolling. Nokia also took a page or three from Apple’s Cover Flow for music browsing.

Our favorite parts are the enhanced homescreen widgets:

The Homescreen takes a big step forward with support for multiple pages of widgets and a simple flick gesture to move between them. The widget manager makes discovery and download of new widgets simple and support for multiple instances of a native widget means that consumers can monitor multiple weather forecasts, news feeds, social networking accounts or multiple email accounts simultaneously through a common interface

There is also visual multi-tasking – which takes all your open apps and gives them quick, swipe-able preview and tap-to-close options that definitely call webOS’s card system to mind.

In all, it looks like Nokia is really moving their UI forward in leaps and bounds – sometimes with a little borrowing, but what’s a little borrowing among friends? The platform is also entirely open source.

Nice stuff. We’re live at another Nokia event right now – stay tuned for more!

[Business Wire via Engadget]

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9 Comments to Symbian S^3 Gets Official, Officially Demoed

Hector
February 23, 2010

I don´t know… After the disappointment I had from N97 I will hardly believe in Nokia againg. This UI seems so symbian, an O.S. not designed for touch devices, N97 is the prove.

Red_Munk!!
February 24, 2010

They did a poor job communicating to the press. S^3 is like windows vista. It lays the groundwork for S^4 which is “different”. Different UI, different app structure etc.

S^3 gets rid of bugs, streamlines the current UI {i.e. no more double taps, less confusing designs etc).

S^4 device expected MWC11 so I’d suggest u wait for that or atleast wait for the reviews when S^3 hits the market Q3 ’10.

Tallbruva
February 25, 2010

Ummm, not feelin’ it. I think the Maemo interface was much better, one to be feared in the new mobile age. This just looks like a reworked S60 interface. The stuff Android is putting out with 2.1 leaves S^3 with so much to be desired. In fact, it looks more like Windows Mobile 6.5 at best (even Microsoft gave up on that blocky look with Windows Phone 7).

I see why they did what they did: try to keep it familiar to existing users. But let’s face it: S60 may be “mature” but it was also created when 3.7″ touch screens didn’t exist. People complained when DVRs came out because they didn’t work like a VCR (I was one of them, being an early adopter). But I’m pretty sure they’d all agree a DVR is better than a VCR. Sticking with an interface because it’s familiar isn’t “necessarily” a smart thing. Making it intuitive and visually appealing (like Maemo) is smart.

If Nokia wants to be a contender in this new world, they should cut their losses with this now and concentrate on Maemo.

[...] expected release of the first such device planned for third quarter of 2010. From what I have seen, Symbian^3 devices will improve on the current Symbian user interface, but we won’t see major UI changes until [...]

supra jun
May 9, 2010

You right bro nokia they to focuse on maemo os and develop it more than that but there one things you did not notice it that nokia owned symipn os

[...] past his “best if used by” date. 2. Drop all your aging software platforms, your Symbian S60, S^3 and S^4, your Maeemo/Moblin/Meego chimera (I didn’t say clusterf#^k). You’re doomed by pursuing [...]

[...] “best if used by” date.2. Drop all your ageing software platforms, your Symbian S60, S^3 and S^4, your Maeemo/Moblin/Meego chimera (I didn’t say clusterf#^k). You’re doomed by [...]

[...] his “best if used by” date.2. Drop all your ageing module platforms, your Symbian S60, S^3 and S^4, your Maeemo/Moblin/Meego chimera (I didn’t contend clusterf#^k). You’re cursed [...]

[...] “best if used by” date.2. Drop all your ageing software platforms, your Symbian S60, S^3 and S^4, your Maeemo/Moblin/Meego chimera (I didn’t say clusterf#^k). You’re doomed by [...]

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