Symbian Anna, New Devices, Windows Phone updates, and a book

A bit of old news as I catch up (I have been on vacation) but it’s well worth mentioning.

  • Nokia announce Symbian Anna
  • Nokia X7 and E6 devices
  • Nokia have published a book for developers
  • Mango / Next demoed at Mix

Symbian

Last week – April 12th, Nokia announced 3 things – Symbian Anna and two new phones.  The X7 is a black slab multimedia device with a 4″ screen and stereo speakers, and the E6 is a touch and type, business centric phone with a qwerty keyboard and a VGA resolution touch screen (640 x 480) and 5 home screens.  Given the size of the touch screen, this gives this a very high pixel density and also means that developers out there best double check the didn’t hard-code the size of their apps.  As far as I have seen, no specific dates for availability or carriers were announced, other than Q2.

E6 details here
X7 details here

Symbian Anna is the version of Symbian running on these devices.  The key updates are:

  • Home screens slide with the finger rather than after it, which is much more natural and intuitive
  • New iconography
  • Improved browser
  • Portrait QWERTY keyboard with split-screen mode
  • More details here

There are plenty of other enhancements and tweaks too, and some have been seen already on the Nokia Astound (T-Mobile USA’s version of the C7).  An update will be rolled out in Q2 to the N8, E7, C6-01 and C7’s out there.

Book

Nokia have released a book called Beginning Nokia Apps Development: Qt and HTML5 for Symbian and MeeGo, written by by Daniel Zucker and Ray Rischpater.  It’s listed for $45 but it’s available at Amazon for $36.59.  It’s also available in Safari Books online for those of you who use that service.  My old free subscription no longer gives me access to much, but i did get to see some preview pages and contents and it looks like it’s aimed at people beginning development rather than established developers.  If I end up buying it, I’ll put a review up here.

Windows Phone at Mix

A twenty minute video showing various new features for Windows phone has been seen around various parts of the web, taken from a presentation at the Mix developer conference in Las Vegas.  This includes multitasking as expected but also local searches, integration for other music services, improved browser performance, more informative Tiles and more helpful integration of services.  It would be some time before we get to see any of this on a device in our pockets but it looked impressive.

The Mix website has video of various sessions available and you can find it here.

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About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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