Nokia to seriously improve Symbian next year, cut 800 jobs in Finland

Symbian isn’t the most appealing mobile OS around, and Nokia knows it. That’s why it intends to roll-out four to five updates to the platform throughout 2011.

InfoWorld has it that Nokia held a presentation today at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing – where the company shared some of its future plans regarding Symbian.

Reportedly, the OS will receive its first major upgrade in the first quarter of 2011 – over 50 enhancements should be included in the upgrade (a more intuitive UI, and a new browser being among them).

In the following quarters, Nokia will come with “a new look and feel for the user interface, a more flexible home screen, an updateable HTML5 browser and an easier software update experience.”

This above is the Nokia C7, one of the new Symbian^3 smartphones released this year – unlike the Nokia E7, which has been delayed to early 2011.

Software-aside, Nokia also plans to improve its hardware by including 1GHz processors in smartphones sometime in mid-2011 (we’ve heard before about a possible Snapdragon-based Nokia handset – it should’ve been out this year, but it obviously isn’t).

Dual-core smartphones are in Nokia’s plans, too, as well as a “true zoom camera” phone – apparently, these will be launched in late 2011 or early 2012.

In other Nokia news, the giant phone maker wants to cut 800 jobs in its home country (Finland), although it’s not clear when exactly this will happen.

Author: Florin

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