Nokia N8 announced as first device based on new Symbian platform

Symbian has announced that Nokia has chosen the Symbian^3 (S^3) platform to power its new Nokia N8 device. Nokia is the first device manufacturer to showcase S^3, Symbian’s first platform release following the groundbreaking transition to fully open source in February this year.

The Nokia N8 takes full advantage of the S^3 platform, offering major advances including: multiple, personalized home screens, usability enhancements, including single tap and multi-touch gesture support, a faster and more responsive user interface with smooth transitions and improved look-and-feel, and more efficient memory management, enabling even faster multi-tasking on the device.

Lee Williams, executive director at Symbian, said: “We are stoked that Nokia has chosen our fully open source S^3 for their latest device, the Nokia N8. S^3 enables an unparalleled set of options for device creators and app developers to extend the usefulness of Symbian products and services and, in turn, enhance the lives of mobile consumers. This is an example of what is possible with the latest and greatest version of the Symbian platform.”

Symbian is an independent, non-profit organisation whose mission is to enable an open ecosystem dedicated to creating the most innovative user experiences on mobile devices. Symbian maintains the code for an open source software platform based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, and Sony Ericsson, including the S60 and MOAP(S) user interfaces. The Symbian platform is now fully open source.

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