Bad News For Symbian: No Carla, Just Belle Feature Packs?
Nokia is now soundly invested in Windows Phone, but even with this new direction, we’ve seen some pretty substantial support for its erstwhile Symbian OS. Symbian Anna, and then Belle, arrived with new software features, and rumors looked to future Carla and Donna updates. Recently, Nokia started bringing Belle’s Feature Pack 1 to certain models, which went so far as to raise phones’ CPU clock speeds. All told, for a “dying” OS, Symbian seemed to be doing pretty darned well for itself. The tide may be about to turn, however, with reports that Nokia is about to put a stop to future updates like Carla and Donna.
Separate from Carla, we’d seen evidence of Nokia working on a Feature Pack 2 for Belle, and assumed that just meant that Carla’s release would be a little farther out. Some recent comments from Nokia Italy’s Mattia Fiorin shed some new light on Symbian’s update path.
Basically, Fiorin says that Carla’s not happening in any way like we were expecting. What the company had been working on as Carla was what we saw delivered as FP1, despite seeing evidence from Nokia developers that referred to FP1, FP2, and Carla as three separate projects. What this means for Symbian users is that there likely won’t be any more major upgrades to the the OS. We should still see another Feature Pack come out, but don’t look for a Carla or Donna to arrive on the same level as Anna or Belle.
In retrospect, this helps resolve the naming issue we were curious about, concerning how Nokia would release Carla and Donna after expressing its desire to re-brand Symbian as just Belle.