Symbian^3 OS debuts at MWC – and its open source

February 15, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Symbian^3, Nokia’s new smartphone operating system, debuted today at the Mobile World Congress today. And guess what? Its open source which makes it free to download and use anywhere. This new version of Symbian packs some nice new features that should help it regain some of the marketshare that it recently lost to competing platforms like Android and iPhone. The new OS will be feature complete by Q1 2010 and should offer many improvements over the previous version. The flagship Symbian^3 handset, the Nokia N8-00 is expected to arrive this coming summer.

More details below the cut.

New features in the OS includes HDMI output, improved memory management with Writable Data Paging along with a new 2D and 3D graphics architecture supporting OpenGL ES. The OS also brings in music store integration into the radio along with a buy it now button for easy purchases. Other features include 4G network support, one-click WLAN access, a new home screen with support for multitouch gestures, and multiple pages of widgets.

Via SlashGear

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