That’s right… In the mist of the Nokia and Microsoft alliance as we reported the other day, Nokia have announced that indeed there will still be a new user interface coming to the Symbian devices in the future, which gives it a much more sleek, fresh and youthful look.
The Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices will get “a new look and feel for the user interface, a more flexible home screen, an updated HTML5 browser and an easier software update experience.”. This isn’t really anything new, as Nokia had announced quite some time ago that behind-the-scenes development was on the cards for the user interface, however it’s nice to have confirmation post Nokia and Microsoft alliance.
Many Symbian and Nokia fans seemed to assume that the OS would be entirely ditched straight away after the announcement a few days ago, however many, at least the sane people, knew this wouldn’t actually be true. Since the storm has somewhat calmed since the announcement, it seems many die-hard fans are now coming to terms with the change, rather than assuming the worst and believing Symbian^3 was dead before it really got going.
The above mentioned updates, in particular the user interface, is due to be available in the second and third quarter of 2011, so there’s still quite some time to go before we see any of these updates – we still have the PR 2.0 firmware to come before then, which includes a new web browser at long last.