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Improvements from Symbian Anna

Symbian Anna is the first major software update from Nokia. The newly release Nokia E6 and X7 will come with Symbian Anna, and updates for the rest of the Symbian^3 phones, namely Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 will be made available in Q3/2011.

Symbian Anna comes with the following improvements from Symbian^3:

New icons, enhanced usability

  • New squircle style icons for applications
  • Folders are denoted by a squircle that looks like a folder
  • Portrait QWERTY keyboard for text input (can change back to T9 keypad)
  • A split screen when entering text into web pages and apps (not a separate input text)

Better web browser

  • New Webkit (AppleWebKit/533.4)
  • Faster (about 3x) JavaScript engine
  • Improved website error prompts/security warnings
  • IDN support
  • Better performance and memory optimization, including page load time
    • Improved webpage rendering with hardware acceleration
    • Smoother and sharper font rendering
    • CSS3 animations
    • Support for high DPI screens
    • Smooth scrolling (up to 60 fps)
    • Better fit to mobile screen with view-port tag support
    • Achieved score of 111 on html5test.com
  • UI/UX improvements:
    • Simplified UI
    • Back-button always visible
    • URL field always visible
    • Integrated Search
    • Open to Homepage by default
    • Easy exit from extension
    • Long tap to copy/open links in new window

New Ovi maps

  • Predictive Search
  • Integrated social media features with check-in to Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare
  • New public transport lines
  • Ability to download and update full country maps directly to smartphone via WiFi
  • Ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones

Business users

  • Instant messaging and presence with Microsoft Communicator Mobile
  • Email enhancements that include full meeting request support
  • Business grade security hardware-accelerated device encryption

 

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