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S60 on Symbian OS strengthened with new features to support its mass market position

23 октября 2006
S60 3rd Edition, targeted to reach the mid-range product categories, has been enhanced with a range of features that enables handset manufacturers to create smartphones for various user segments.

Demonstrated at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 offers new features that enrich the platform and thus the user experience with browsing, location capabilities and device management functions. S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 is readily available for S60 device manufacturers, and at the Symbian Smartphone Show three licensees are showcasing devices based on Feature Pack 1. A single browser now supports both the Full Web and mobile-optimized content. Browsing is made more compelling with a variety of features, such as auto complete, password manager and a floating toolbar that gives quick and easy access to the most-used features. Advanced device management features enable businesses to manage add-on applications remotely, and the full featured location middleware in S60 makes it possible to efficiently create location solutions. To support the superior user experience there are practical new features in Feature Pack 1, including audio messaging, a video ringtone, an animated screensaver and multiple alarms.

"S60 has an integral part to play in creating a compelling user experience on a mobile device. S60 is what makes the smartphone smart," said Matti Vänskä, Vice President, Mobile Software Sales and Marketing, Nokia. "With the new Feature Pack 1 we provide our licensees with functionalities to meet the growing demands placed on smartphones. We are delighted to see new S60 devices from multiple licensees demonstrated at this event."

Feature Pack 1 is backward compatible with S60 3rd Edition, and applications developed for Feature Pack 1 will run also on 3rd Edition based devices.

According to Canalys research (July, 2006), S60 is the clear leader in smartphone software with over 50% market share globally. To date, 46 devices based on S60 and Symbian OS have been launched, 17 of which are based on S60 3rd Edition.


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