Nokia offers sneak peek at Symbian facelift

"Symbian OS is not the problem, the user interface is," says Nokia. And it's doing something about it

Stuart Turton
3 Dec 2009

Nokia has offered a sneak peek at its overhauled Symbian user interface, as the phone giant hits back at rumours that it's planning to ditch the OS.

Speaking at the company's Capital Market Day, Nokia chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo claimed that despite criticism "Symbian OS is not the problem, the user interface is".

The company will roll out a completely re-engineered user interface in 2010, aimed at addressing many of the criticisms associated with the OS. "We will reduce the clutter and improve the input methods including multitouch and single tap," Kallasvuo told delegates.

"It should be just two taps to get to your favourite music or videos, rather than eight. We'll improve browser experience so that it's a quicker, flash improved, media experience with pinch-to-zoom and so on."

And, Kallasvuo wasn't stopping there. Aside from completely redesigning the interface, he also suggested that future Symbian OSes would be much faster.

"The UI will be over three times faster than our current high-end devices. Scrolling will move up to over 60 frames per second, a huge jump from the 15 frames we have today. We intend to give Symbian the simple, and beautiful user interface it needs and deserves," he said.

Click on the gallery at the top left of this story to see the concept shots shown at the presentation.

Symbian concept shot

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