All Nokia will say of its Smarterphone acquisition is that it’s all part of the company’s Next Billion plan, but videos of the smartphone-features-at-dumbphone-prices platform suggest the OS could well outshine S40 and Symbian. Clips of Smarterphone’s wares running on the Kyocera C4700 show Facebook contacts integration, multimedia playback and web browsing, all running at impressively smooth speed on the super-budget device.
Smarterphone’s platform was updated to v3.2 back in October, with features including multi-SIM support, Facebook chat, comments and video upload, a streamlined Twitter experience and the ability to upload footage to YouTube. In fact in many ways the OS exceeds some of what we’ve seen on the recent S40 phones from Nokia, like the Asha 303, 300 and 200.
The Asha 201 kicks off at €60 ($76) pre-subsidies and taxes; Smarterphone’s OS is targeted at $25-$75 devices, even cheaper again. Yet having seen some of these demos, there’s a lot the company could use to improve S40- and even Symbian – for the better.