In a blog posting on its developer forums, Nokia has divulged a little more about what we’ll see in the next big Symbian update, when it will get here, and talked about what to expect from Symbian as the company starts cranking out Windows Phone 7 devices.
We can expect a sizable update to Symbian^3 this summer, finally bringing us that revamped home screen we saw earlier. This doesn’t seem to be the PR 2.0 update we got a peek at yesterday, which didn’t include the home screen changes, but did have the new browser. That’s interesting, as the company identifies the browser as part of this big summer update; perhaps Nokia is changing around what components are to be included, and could deliver a smaller update in advance of summer.
As for the future of Symbian, Nokia’s message is clearly one of continued support, right up until the end. It never plans to pull the plug on existing Symbian users, but will support them through their phones’ lives even after new models are no longer sold. Nokia doesn’t plan to let the platform cool down any, either, as it’s ready to continue innovating the line with higher-end hardware. You can look forward to 1GHz+ CPU speeds and more powerful graphics processing.
Fans may still be upset that Symbian is facing certain extinction, but it seems like Nokia is intent on seeing it out while at the top of its game.