Nokia Adds Significant New Features to Series 60

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Nokia has just added a number of important new features to its Series 60 platform. These include multi-radio support, higher resolution displays, and enhanced enterprise support.

Series 60 is a user interface which overlays the Symbian OS. Nokia licenses Series 60 to smartphone makers who don’t want to develop their own user interface and additional applications. Software written for one Series 60 device generally works on any other Series 60 smartphone, no matter which company made the hardware.

What’s New?

Nokia is calling the new version of this platform Series 60 Second Edition.

All Series 60 devices to date have used GSM/GPRS. Series 60 SE is the first smartphone platform to support both CDMA and dual-mode WCDMA-GSM. Nokia says that dual-mode WCDMA-GSM will offer full support for operators’ 3G services and help pave the way for video telephony and advanced streaming and browsing capabilities on mobile devices.

Until now, all Series 60 devices have had to use the same screen resolution: 176 by 208 pixels. Series 60 SE adds support for 208 by 208 pixels, 240 by 320 pixels (QVGA), and 352 by 416 pixels in both portrait and landscape orientations.

The UI framework will include the support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) that will let third party developers create applications that can automatically adjust to the different resolutions.

Despite the change to higher-resolution displays, Series 60 SE still doesn’t support touch screens.

What Large Companies Want

Series 60 already offers built-in email, messaging, PIM, security, and authentication capabilities. On top of this, Series 60 Second Edition adds IMAP-IDLE support for push email, improved data synchronization, and full-featured corporate intranet browsing with HTML and JavaScript support. Secure corporate connectivity will be enabled via IPSec and VPN.

The new version of the platform also adds support for QWERTY keyboards.

Staying Competetive

These improvements are clearly intended to ensure that Series 60 doesn’t fall behind its competition. Although the Series 60 platform is the most popular smartphone platform in the world, it is being challenged by both Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Smartphone and the Palm OS, both of which already have many of the features Nokia just added to Series 60 Second Edition.

Additional information about Series 60 is available on Nokia’s web site.

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