Nokia S60 Devices to get touch interface next year

Nokia has already indicated several times that it is planning to deliver touch user interface sometimes next year.

Today, at the Symbian smartphone show Nokia’s senior VP for software platforms, Lee Williams the most extensive view of how and what Nokia plans to accomplish.

New Nokia touch screen UI will become a part of S60 and will be available to multiple manufacturers that are using S60 User Interface platform. So we can expect not only S60 based Nseries devices from Nokia, bot something interesting coming from Samsung and other cellphone makers.

The S60 touch UI itself will look like this:

Lee Williams also gave an extensive description of how this will actually work.

Key highlights for S60 touch interface will include:

  • It will be able to support devices with and without keyboard, stylus and finger inputs
  • It will provide tactile feedback via haptics technologies
  • The interface will be multilingual with support Asian languages as well
  • Advanced sensor framework and UI acceleration toolkit will be provided for developers for easier adoption
  • Multiple gestures will be supported. Possibility for users and developers to customize them provided
  • It will be backwards compatible with older S60 applications
  • Embedded Flash Lite 3 for desktop like video experience
  • First products with touch support will become available in 2008

You can watch most of Lee Williams presentation here:

Well, it looks like Apple wasn’t 5 years ahead of other portable device makers. If everything described in the presentations will become a reality, S60 devices soon will give an iPhone a serious run for the money.

And Apple better make up it’s mind opening an iPhone to the third party developers, or it may soon be Apple Mac vs Microsoft Windows PC, all over again.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

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