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Nokia 803 detailed, last of the Symbian Belles

Nokia 803 detailed, last of the Symbian Belles

What may very well be the final Symbian device on the market has been tipped and detailed, it having what sources are saying is the largest camera sensor on a mobile phone yet. This information comes from BGR who have an exclusive source speaking on what this device will hold: a full 4-inch AMOLED display, for starters, instead of the 3.5-inch display that'd been rumored before. Next there's an HDMI-out port, a bit of the ol' microSIM, and NFC built in. This could be the Symbian to bring back the OS or it could be one final fabulous blast before it's all over forever.

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T-Mobile Nokia C7 Astound Unboxing and Hands-On [With Symbian^3!]

T-Mobile Nokia C7 Astound Unboxing and Hands-On [With Symbian^3!]

We had what seemed like only a few moments with this shiny little pebble back at CTIA 2011, and now we've got it for an extended period, all to ourselves! This is the Nokia C7 Astound, a Symbian^3 device that will be carried by T-Mobile exclusively in the very near future (April 6th for $79.99 with a 2-year contract,) has a 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a physical home, call, and end-call buttons, metal chassis, and is supported by T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ network for data. Let us inbox this little treasure.

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Symbian CEO Lee Williams Leaves Company Due to Personal Reasons

Symbian CEO Lee Williams Leaves Company Due to Personal Reasons

While Microsoft may be saddened to see one of their own heading out the door soon, it looks like Symbian is dealing with their own corporate restructuring. It has just been revealed that Symbian CEO, Lee Williams, is on the way out, and it doesn't look like he's sticking around for a short while to make sure that someone takes his place, and that the transition is a smooth one. As the title suggests, Williams is just leaving.

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Symbian^3 to debut on non-Nokia handset

Symbian^3 to debut on non-Nokia handset

Nokia may be carefully guarding the Symbian^3 build running on their Nokia N8 prototypes, but according to Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, the OS code itself "is almost completely mature."  In fact, it looks like it will be ready before the N8 itself is; the first handset to market with Symbian^3 won't be the Nokia smartphone but one from an unnamed Asian vendor.

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Symbian^4 UI video demos emerge: 12 months of hard work ahead

Symbian^4 UI video demos emerge: 12 months of hard work ahead

Remember how interesting Symbian's concept video for a future smartphone UI was?  And how it partially delivered on some of that with the first Symbian^4 UI design mock-ups?  When it comes to revolution, the only one we're really seeing is a downward spiral; the latest video demos of Symbian^4 confirm the new, flexible desktop widgets, but nothing about it feels exciting or segment-changing.

Video demos after the cut

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Symbian^3 drops at MWC and is open source

Symbian^3 drops at MWC and is open source

We have already talked a bit about the Symbian S^3 smartphone operating system. The new OS officially debuted at MWC and is available under the open source license agreement that covers the OS making it free to download and use.

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Google Buzz takes sharing realtime [Updated: Video]

Google Buzz takes sharing realtime [Updated: Video]

Google have announced a new product that integrates with their Gmail email service. Google Buzz builds upon Gmail's messaging, IM and in-browser video chat, and focuses on in-Gmail sharing with other users. There are also dedicated Google Buzz buzz.google.com pages for iPhone and Android, together with new versions of Google Maps - with Buzz integration - for Android, S60 and Windows Mobile handsets.

Video demos after the cut

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Symbian tablets & netbooks “very likely” in next 1-2 years

Symbian tablets & netbooks “very likely” in next 1-2 years

Symbian has gone open-source, and talk is now of what sort of devices we could see the OS turn up on.  According to Symbian Foundation chief executive Lee Williams, particularly likely are Symbian-based tablets; speaking with ZDNet UK, Williams revealed that the Foundation has had several inquiries from companies looking into tablet-style devices running ARM chipsets.

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Symbian OS going free and open source for first time

Symbian OS going free and open source for first time

Starting Thursday, the source code for Symbian’s operating system platform will become entirely open source and free (Symbian’s software currently powers most of the smartphones in the world, and is owned by Nokia).  Tomorrow hence the day developers will be able to download, alter, and apply the software at no costs at all.

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Nokia 2011 platform predictions: Maemo in, S40 squeezed out

Nokia 2011 platform predictions: Maemo in, S40 squeezed out

Nokia's intentions toward Maemo and how the new, open-source platform fits in with their existing S60 smartphone OS have kept the rumor-mongers going for months now.  Only last week, SlashGear columnist Avi Greengart asked whether the Finns should junk S60 in favor of Maemo; according to this slide from Nokia's Capital Markets Day, the prognosis is actually worse for S40.

Nokia planning Symbian UI overhaul plus “major product milestones” in 2010

Nokia planning Symbian UI overhaul plus “major product milestones” in 2010

Nokia's The Way We Live Next 3.0 conference was a chance to dream happily about the future of mobile devices, today the company has put its stats where its mouth is.  It's Capital Markets Day for the Finns, and while there's plenty of talk of targeting average selling price erosion and flat market share in 2010, the most interesting stuff for the geeks among us are its aims for smartphones.  Key among those is re-engineering the Symbian UI and delivering what Nokia describe as two "major product milestones", midway through and then at the end of 2010.

Sony Ericsson Nexus UX Platform WebSDK released for Android & Symbian Foundation development

Sony Ericsson Nexus UX Platform WebSDK released for Android & Symbian Foundation development

We may be giving Sony Ericsson a darn good scolding on the one hand for their XPERIA X10 hijinks, but we're a little more interested by their new WebSDK for Android and Symbian Foundation devices.  The Sony Ericsson WebSDK promises a metaphorical hand-holding for developers hoping to have their wares nestle up against the company's own apps, whether that be on the XPERIA X10 or the SE Satio.  It's called Nexus, seemingly the official title for the UX platform Sony Ericsson were talking about with regards the X10.

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