Nokia has pledged to update the user interface for its Symbian and Linux-based Maemo smartphones in 2010. Thus, far, the company–like its rival Microsoft–has remained with resistive touchscreen technology and has only begun to look at capacitive touchscreens with the advent of the Nokia X6 smartphone.
According to Nokia, the new strategies for 2010 include:
– Improve our user experience;
– Re-engineer our Symbian user interface; deliver a major product milestone before mid-year 2010, and another major product milestone before the end of 2010;
– Deliver our first Maemo 6-powered mobile computer, with an iconic user experience, in the second half of 2010;
– Significantly increase the proportion of touch and/or QWERTY devices in our smartphone portfolio;
– Scale up our Services business by expanding geographically and in partnership with more operators;
– Provide third party developers with better tools to create applications and content for our Ovi ecosystem;
– Further optimize the industry’s lowest cost end-to-end business model in Mobile Phones; and
– Continue to build on our affordable and localized services offerings for emerging market consumers.
Nokia’s Maemo N900 tablet has been well received in the tech community, but the device may see limited success due to its limited mainstream appeal and unsubsidized high price point at this time; consumers may purchase the N900 for use unlocked on T-Mobile in the States. Hopefully, with the new UIs planned for Maemo, Nokia will bring an ease of use to the device will retaining the device’s openness, which should appeal to more pro users.