Nokia has officially announced two new Symbian smartphones that will tout a new and enhanced version of the flailing operating system.
Despite having announced a multi-million pound deal with Microsoft to produce a series of Windows Phone 7 handsets, Nokia, which expects to see around 150 million Symbian handsets to mid- and lower-tier sectors this year, is attacking the high-end smartphone market with the new Symbian update, nicknamed Anna.
The first devices to get the Symbian Anna update will be the entertainment lead Nokia X7 and the business-centric Nokia E6 which sports a full QWERTY keyboard to enhance the improved OS which has added split-screen views whilst inputting text and a faster, easier to use browser. The improved OS is also to be rolled out across a number of existing devices including the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 handsets
Speaking on the new releases Jo Harlow, Nokia’s Head of Smart Devices announced: "With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users.”
In a further attempt to show the forward steps the Symbian OS is taking in the high-end smartphone sector, the Finnish company has revealed the number of compatible applications in the Ovi Store has increased eight-fold over the past 12 months with the 40,000 apps now available racking up as many as 5 million downloads a day.