Symbian Anna features and improvements detailed [images]

By Abhinav Lal | Published on 30 Jan 2018
Symbian Anna features and improvements detailed [images]

With the announcement of the Nokia E6 and X7 phones, Nokia also introduced the world to the refreshed Symbian^3 operating system – Symbian Anna. Previously referred to as PR2 by the company, the update brings up to 50 enhancements to the OS, and, in Nokia’s
own words – its purpose is “renewing Symbian smartphones.”

The Symbian Anna update will be available in “coming months” for owners of current Symbian^3 phones, i.e., the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7. New features of the OS include:

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  • Improved text input: Portrait QWERTY mode, split-screen typing
  • Improved browser: Version 7.3 of the native Symbian browser has much better performance, and, also brings numerous touch and interface improvements, from the URL entry bar, integrated search/address field, to the always visible toolbar buttons.
  • Email and IM enhancements: Microsoft Communicator Mobile support, as well as email enhancements like full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption
  • Improved Photo Gallery interface: Landscape and portrait interfaces have been improved for usability
  • Enhanced Ovi Maps: Version 3.06 of Ovi Maps brings smart search, Facebook/Foursquare/Twitter check-ins, location-sharing via email and SMS (including with non-Nokia users), updatable/downloadable maps via Wi-Fi, and public transport networks
  • Enhanced Ovi Store: Version v2.06xx brings improved search, including auto-complete, spell-checking and Internet search engine optimization and error fixes; increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN
  • Enhanced Social: Version 1.3 brings status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images
  • Enhanced Ovi Suite: Version 3.x brings improved device software update features, as well as the ability to download free street maps, new music and mobile apps. Device backup has also been improved, as has Ovi Sync.

Developers would be interested in knowing that Symbian Anna supports the following frameworks – Flashlite 4, Java Runtime 2.2, Qt Mobility 1.1, and Qt4.7. Check out screenshots of some of the changes, below:


New icons on homescreen

Portrait homescreen

Photo Gallery landscape

Web browser

Browser options

Split-screen typing
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