Symbian is back with new upgrade named symbian anna which was previously referred to as PR2 is Symbian Anna. There are some major upgrades been done including with a faster browser, improved text input, fresh, new icons and the latest version of Ovi Maps.
Note: Symbian Anna will also be made available for owners of the Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 in the coming months.
The most fresh thing easily observed about symbian anna is the newly designed rounded icons which gives it a fresh look as you can see in the image below.
Today we had our hands on Nokia x7 at the nokia event which runs symbian anna out of the box, it seemed so much responsive and specially the browser experience is some thing which was one of the most enticing features, the new browser in symbian anna looks so functional and easy to use with some very useful options being accessible in single tap, it is by far the best web browsing experience you can have on any symbian phone right now as shown in the image below.
Other improvements in symbian is the new photo gallery has been improved in symbian anna with some really cool lively thumbnails and with easy to access options for sharing these images via email or bluetooth.
Text input has also been improved: there’s the long-awaited portrait QWERTY input, plus a split screen when entering text into web pages and apps, so you don’t lose sight of what you’re filling in.
The Ovi maps has now got some great new features like option to check in to facebook, twitter or foursquare and you can easily share the geo location of any place with ovi maps via email as well so as you can share great places with non nokia users.
For Business Users
Not only this the update also includes instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, email enhancements that include full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption.
For GEEKS – below is version update history In symbian anna
Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.
Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN
Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN
Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images
Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.
Roll Out Date Of Symbian Anna Update For Existing Devices ?
The exact dates on which Symbian Anna will be available for download to existing devices are not yet available, beyond “in the coming months”. We’ll keep you posted as soon as more information is available.
When we asked the question about the update they said it will be rolled out in parts for different devices in early week of august for india, read the tweet here we posted about it.
Note: As said by a Nokia representative “You can update your device with your PC or over-the-air from the software updater in the phone. The Symbian Anna upgrade gives you a set of new icons, a faster web browser, improved text input and enhanced maps. In other words, your phone will get a free make-over, giving you a better experience while remaining reliable and easy to use.”
For a quick preview about new features of Symbian anna you can see the video below.
We have recorded a more detailed video covering most of the symbian anna features, we will update this post with that video once it is uploaded, you can also read our latest post on hands on with Nokia x7 here.