2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona looking promising
The much awaited S60 Touch UI (Apple iPhone’s User Interface in Symbian Series 60 devices) will be showcased in the Mobile Word Congress (previously known as 3GSM) in Barcelona.
According to Nokia’s own MWC website and to S60’s Blog, we will see:
– S60 touch UI
– S60 sensor technologies
– S60 Internet browsing
– S60 Internet innovation enablers (Web runtime and Flash Lite runtime evolution with Service APIs)
– S60 native development platform (Open C evolution, C++, Python)
– S60 and Internet community services
– S60 device showcase
– The infamous Tune my S60 kiosk
Besides these exhibitions, we will also see:
While the S60 design is kept familiar and consistent S60 renews and innovates to fill different user needs and provides alternatives for developers, manufacturers and Operators to design new type of applications, mobile devices and services. Now S60 expands the UI offering by Touch UI with tactile feedback to create new type of devices and applications and by UI Accelerator Toolkit to create graphically stunning applications.
Advanced sensors and sensor framework
S60 UI expands with sensors and advanced sensor framework. Sensors provide easy and entertaining way to engage with your devices while sensor framework opens this new exiting world to developers and licensees for new innovations.
Web Browser for S60 provides best-in-class full web browsing experience on smartphones. Recent enhancements in this area – e.g. support for commonly used Flash Video content type and improved content download support – provide an even more desktop-like browsing experience.
Developers and designers can create exciting ways to connect and share using well-known desktop-class technologies (HTML, CSS, Flash) combined with the power of Internet information.Powerful technology to create innovative experiences
Experienced developers can expand the capabilities of mobile devices and leverage the creativity of open source communities using powerful runtime technologies (C++, Open C, Java, Python).
S60 and Internet Community Services
A growing number of popular Internet community services are being mobilized on the open S60 platform. Optimized and integrated in-device client applications provide excellent user experience for users to connect to services that are relevant to them. They can also take advantage of device functionalities – such as GPS for location information – to go even beyond the desktop PC user experience.
S60 Device Showcase
The latest S60 devices at your finger tips.
Tune my S60
Let’s tune your S60 device and open it for new features! Decorate your personal S60 device with some free and funky add-on applications such as themes, wallpapers and ringtones. Match your own S60 handset to your style!
On other words, Nokia has taken down notes from the success of programs like Nokmote and RotateMe from Samir, and also ShakeSMS and FlipSilent from Tong Ren. Of course some of these features were inspired from Nokia themselves, but the customizing and finer details were taken in account and it is probable that we see them included in future S60 devices, as soon as 11 February, at the S60 stand.
Besides these advancements, Nokia plans on adding User Friendly applications, as reported on their website, using your phone as a text recognition tool was reported few days back in Symbian-Freak, where a N83 was a tool that helped blind people listen to words.