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Nokia drops 'Symbian' from Belle, plans February upgrades

updated 11:35 am EST, Wed December 21, 2011

Nokia to update phones with Belle OS in February

Nokia has released some updated news on upgrades to Symbian Belle user interface, the first of which is a name change to just Nokia Belle. It will also become available for download onto existing Nokia phone soon and become preloaded on new smartphones. The interface is already on Nokia 701, 700 and 600 phones, with N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7, and Oro handsets getting the update in February.

Nokia N8, C7, and C6-01 phones being made for China are leaving factories with Belle preloaded, with smartphones meant for other countries slated for later dates.

Belle ups the number of home screens from three to six. It also has more functional home screen widgets, with the e-mail widget giving users more information at a glance.

This is the latest in a string of moves that sees Nokia phase out its Symbian OS in favor of current and upcoming Windows Phone-based handsets.

by MacNN Staff



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