According to a Bloomberg report, Sony Ericsson is phasing out Nokia dominated Symbian platform as they claim that the ecosystem isn’t as good as Android. Its CEO Djurberg also added that a X10 successor is expected to be announced this quarter and they would need to launch a Windows Phone 7 device soon. Sony Ericsson is the 3rd mobile manufacturing to offer Windows Phone 7 just after HTC and Samsung.
Sony Ericsson did a horrible job on Symbian and did even worse on Android platform. Now they want to jump right into Windows Phone 7? When Sony Ericsson started to offer Android, we’re pretty excited as we would expected them to make feature-packed phones with no compromises.
Today, their latest Android line up is still running an older Android 1.6. Even the latest Xperia X8 was not spared while its Android rivals are churning out Android 2.2 Froyo devices right now. Their last flagship Symbian device, the Satio was utterly rubbish when it comes to usability. Our point is simple, if they can’t even do a proper job on Android, why bother with Windows Phone 7?
Nokia users rejoice! Our favourite Swype input software is now available for Nokia Symbian S60 devices. Swype together with Nokia had worked closely together to integrate this quick input keyboard on S60 5th edition devices.
Swype allows you to forego the standard virtual keyboard and enter text simply by gesturing on the screen. For those who didn’t know about Swype, it is currently the fastest way to text on a mobile device certified by Guiness book of records. Even most recently, that record was smashed again.
WiFi connectivity so far has mostly dependendent on a WiFi hotspot or access point. Point to point or peer to peer connectivity for mobile devices today still relies heavily on Bluetooth. Currently the WiFi alliance is completing its specification for WiFi Direct which allows Peer to Peer connectivity. This would definitely offer faster file transfers and open up possibility of WiFi P2P gaming and other peer to peer content delivery over WiFi.
But once the Wi-Fi Direct implementation becomes popular, smartphones, cameras, printers, PCs, keyboards and headphones will be able to connect to each other to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily without needing a traditional router, great for onto the go access.
Symbian is looking at implementing this in 2011 and there’s even a implementation guide to do this. So far there isn’t any apps yet but it is expected to make its way by next year. We don’t know why it took so long for WiFi to do this but it is better late than never.
The Symbian developer blog has posted some preliminary shots of Symbian^4?s new homescreen. Symbian^4 is the successor to Symbian^3 and is expected to be available in 2011. Symbian^3 is not on any shipping device yet, and the Nokia N8 should be the first device to ship with it; the N8 should be available anytime in the next 2 months or so.
Symbian^4 brings the interface of Symbian to look more like a modern operating system in the veins of Android and iOS. We’ll have to wait till it is released to learn whether there are any special, differentiating characteristics from the competition.
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