By Stephen Schenck | April 12, 2012 3:13 PM
Symbian sure is having one good week all of a sudden, starting with new Microsoft Office apps coming out a couple days ago. The good news for Nokia fans continues to come out, with news that the long-awaited Belle Feature Pack 1 update is now headed on out to certain models, bringing with it a whole mess of improvements, new features, and even higher clock speeds.
The Belle FP1 update is starting to arrive for those phones that initially shipped running Belle. That is, while the Nokia 603, 700, and 701 are now getting FP1, phones that were first Anna models and only later received Belle updates aren’t yet receiving FP1. We’d like to think they’ll see it some day, but for now there’s no confirmation.
One of the most impressive-sounding changes in FP1 is a clock speed bump, raising the processor speed from 1GHz to 1.3GHz. We had initially heard that only the 700 and 701 would see this change, but now it seems the 603 is, as well. In addition to that, software improvements also hope to help increase phone performance, focusing on things like memory management.
On the purely software side, there’s an updated browser with better HTML5 support. Combined with performance changes we mentioned, you should notice a much faster, smoother web experience. Just as expected, there are a bunch of new widgets, and improved interfaces for both task-switching and notifications. Finally, the promised extended Dolby support has arrived, handling Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus audio. According to reports, the simulated surround sound effect while wearing headphones is quite impressive.
Belle FP1 is now coming to compatible Symbian handsets in Asia, and should be available globally in the coming weeks.