Symbian Anna now available

Symbian Anna is now available

After waiting for what now seems a lifetime, it appears that Anna is finally being rolled out incrementally across Nokia’s Symbian^3 handsets. As is normal for Nokia, the updates are being rolled out on a product code by product code basis, somewhat annoying when you consider that companies like Apple roll out their firmware updates at the same time – why don’t Nokia learn a lesson from Apple and do something similar? The answer is i don’t have a clue, but still, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

The firmware update is currently available in the following countries as of the time and date of this post;

UK, India, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Denmark and Belgium.

So, what can we expect from Anna? The UI will be richer and much more pleasurable on the eye, no more boring, sometimes weird looking icons – there has been a total overhaul. The browser has been given a facelift and optimised, too, which many of us have been waiting for since the initial release of the phone – the browser was a very annoying experience to say the least. Pages load faster too, yay!

The browser also now has support for Flash Lite and multi-touch. Then there is split keyboard and portrait QUERTY, another significant update for many people.

Then there is real time scrolling as you scroll, coupled with transitional animations which follow your touch. The ability to scroll between main home screen panes has also been added, which isn’t the need or be all, but it makes the overall experience on Symbian^3 a better one.

If you are on the ball and have already got your hands on the Anna update, please leave a comment on this post and let us know what YOU think of the update – was it worth the wait or was it more of a case of a waste of time?