2011 has been a year of transition for Nokia, and saw the company introduce its first Windows Phone handsets. As we get ready to move into 2012, Nokia is embracing its new position in the smartphone ecosystem. To some extent, that means letting go of the past, and to that end, Nokia has revealed that it will be dropping the Symbian name from its smartphones.
The current release of the operating system has been known as Symbian Belle, which is now in the process of replacing Symbian Anna on older hardware. From here on out, though, it’s just going to be Belle.
It remains to be seen how Nokia will deal with naming conventions for future OS updates. We’ve heard rumors about Symbian Carla and Donna arriving further down the road. If “Belle” is to be the base name for the platform, would these be released along the lines of “Belle Carla” or maybe “Belle 2.0”? Or, would Nokia be so bold as to completely rename the platform for each major release?
Besides revealing the new name for the operating system, Nokia’s clarified its plans for delivering the Belle update to Anna phones. While we were hoping for a release before the end of the year, the last news we heard had things on-hold until 2012. The wait seems to keep getting longer, as today’s news informs us we’re not just waiting until next year, but will have to wait until February at the earliest.