Symbian Software


Symbian is an operating system designed in C++ that was made specifically for smart phones, and was created with three systems design principles in mind:
  1. the integrity and security of user data is paramount
  2. user time must not be wasted
  3. all resources are scarce
Symbian is currently being maintained by a multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company named Accenture. The current form of Symbian is an open-source platform, which means that the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Symbian has been used primarily by: Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson.



The newest phone equipped with Symbian is the Nokia 808 PureView. This phone combines the best of smartphone attributes, and some claim that it levels the playing field between Windows phones and Symbian. The PureView oversampling camera technology is unique to Symbian. Other improvements that make this one of the best Symbian phones out there is the ample amount of RAM, fast processor, very fast GPU, large system disk, and large built-in mass memory which is expandable via microSD.

Nokia 808 41 Megapixels camera

In 2004, Symbian worked with Nokia to produce the first video calling phone. The Nokia 6630 became Nokia's first mobile phone to do video calling using the main camera at the back. It was then the Nokia 6680 in 2005 that made video calling more convenient which allowed user to use the front camera.
Symbian/Nokia first phone to do videocalling

In the last few years, Nokia sold more than 50 million Symbian Smartphones. The top three Symbian phones were Nokia N97, which was released on 26 June 2009 worldwide. Nokia sold two millions N97 handsets in the three months. It’s a touch screen phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard; its operating system is Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5. It’s a 434 MHz ARM 11 and 32 GB memory storage also has a card slot up to 16 GB. It has 5 mega pixel, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, video light. One of the additional features of Nokia N97 was that it was one of the phones which allowed to do video calling using the WI-FI with an application called fring. Symbian phones are compatible for fring in which a person can do video calling and it was years ago when the modern operating systems like android and ios didn't have these features.

Nokia N97

Nokia N97 with QWERTY

Another Symbian Phone, Nokia N8 was released on October 2010 worldwide. Nokia N8 is touch screen phone, operating system is Symbian^3 OS, upgradable to Nokia Belle. its features 12 megapixel 4000x3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash, 720p video recording, an HDMI output, USB On-The-Go, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Its 680 MHz ARM 11 and 16 GB memory storage with card slot up to 32 GB. It is one of those phone which made a lot of profit and best seller phone. In Q4 2010, almost four million handsets had been sold. It was also listed in the top ten 2010 phones.
Nokia N8

Nokia N8 camera results

The Symbian App market is small and under-developed when compared to the Android and Apple markets. However there are still many popular Apps available for the Symbian platform. Some common names include Facebook and Skype, while there are others like Ovi maps 3 which allows users to download maps to use in offline mode.
Another popular app called JoikuSpot allows the user to turn the 3G connection into a WIFI hotspot that can connect a laptop or other WIFI enabled device to the internet.

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Modern Day SymbainSymbian is now dead. Since February 2011, Nokia has decided to stop making Symbian Smartphones and now they are using Windows operating system in their Smartphones. From 2002 to 2011, Symbian was one of the top selling phones. The last version of Symbian was Belle which was very nice, smooth and had gorgeous new widgets. The major reason of dropping Symbian sales was lack the of applications. They do not have enough applications for Symbian Smartphones as compared to Android and iOS. On the other hand, there are rumors that Symbian is not dead at all, and that they are improving their operating system and who knows they might make a come back with great applications.