The first birth of E7 implant the 5th Symbian generation, called PR 1.0. It's quite attractive OS but lack with lag after using it several times. A periodically reboot was needed to refresh the E7 brain.
On the net at that time, Nokia fans stumbled about some rumors talking about the next generation of Nokia OS. The options was MeeGo, Android, Windows Mobile or still with... Symbian. Based on Wiki page, Symbian OS actually built from Qt. Considering to the equivalent of hardware specs, Qt more "light-weight" than Java (Android based OS). That's the reason why Nokia still stick with Symbian rather than Android based OS. And nor to Microsoft WP, CMIIW.
On August 2011, finally Symbian Anna released officially by Nokia and it available to download via OTA.
It took about 67MB to update from PR1.0 to Anna. Thank's to my office net for providing me the best and fast internet link (at that time). The update process finished about 20 minutes and the previous 3rd party application installed before was still run.
The GUI experiences accelerated on Anna. The performance overall increased about 15-20%.
A physically different between the previous OS and Anna was the icon trademark - a shape rounded.
Therefore, lots of improvements in it including the browser, touch-screen speed reaction and more features.
But still, users experiences never lie. Nokia got some wonderful hardware, and still Nokia freak like me will say that Symbian in fact was so slow on run, buggy, also poor on innovations (R&D).
However, it's Nokia evolution time to rise the future of Symbian. Pure Qt as described earlier is designed to Anna or later (not to prior of S^3). Nokia plans to migrate it's OS architecture slowly since they have hundreds phone models (limited to various hardwares). And this is not an easy job to aligned all of it. Just for example, as Nokia promising that the update of Anna will be available at the end of 2011, but the fact is not what it said.
Anyway, at last, Belle update officially released in February 2012. As it shown on Software Update screen, but sorry to say that this update ONLY available via the last version of Windows PC Suite (not OTA).
Seems Nokia still have great homework to provide a multiplatform PC Suite, since I must to close my Mac & switch back to Windows to download the software.
With this latest suite, the detection of patch-update will displayed on screen.
So reasonable that Nokia ordering the update through PC while the phone plugged-in since it takes about 358MB of total Belle update.
The procedure is still the same; downloading, backing-up, install & restoring.
But it needs couple of minutes longer because Belle OS is defined as a major upgrade.
The Belle has some great improvements, it totally different than Anna. Here I post a big key features after using Belle for couple days:
- One important point: Belle is fast! Moving around screen by screen is speedy, no lag, no delay.
- GUI's more similar to Android & up-to 6 home screen is available now. The screen is designed efficiently, the status bar holding the battery, signal bar & clock is minimized, giving a larger content area to display, just like Android.
- The battery life is improved. Still it's subjective to me :) But while I'm playing with this phone for hours, the battery remains is slower than Anna.
That's all. I think Nokia now is succeed with the Belle update. Now, it's time to prove your self! Have a smooth upgrade to Belle :)
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