Nokia may have already committed itself to transitioning towards Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, but if you thought that the Finnish communication corporation's desicion would result in the quick and decisive death of its existing Symbian operating system, well, you could not have been further from the truth. Apparently, word has it that Nokia is already hard at work on the next iteration of the Symbian OS, which has been dubbed as Symbian Belle, and the latest leaked screenshots of the operating system are suggesting that "Belle" might offer a much more flexible user experience over "Anna".
Have you heard about Symbian "Belle"? Well, for those who are not aware, "Belle" is reportedly the codename for Nokia's upcoming successor to the Symbian operating system, of which "Anna" is the version that is currently in use on many of the Finnish telecommunications corporation's flagship smartphone models. And from the looks of it, it would seem that Symbian "Belle" is Nokia's best attempt to restore the Symbian operating system to relevancy in today's highly competitive mobile operating system market, especially if the various leaked screenshots of "Belle" that have started showing up online are of any indication.
According to a report published by My Nokia Blog, the leaked screenshots that made it out onto the Internet this time were centered around the operating system's user inteface. For example, My Nokia Blog has pointed out that Symbian "Belle" now sports what appears to be the introduction of a universal toolbar which is permanently positioned at the bottom of the screen. More importantly, the icons and options present on the aforementioned toolbar seem to change dynamically whenever a different app is launched; this is very similar to how the toolbar in Apple's Mac OS X operating system works.
In addition, a screenshot of what appears to be the multitab view for Symbian "Belle"'s built-in web browser was also found on The Nokia Blog, with the wesite claiming that Nokia's implementation of the feature in Symbian "Belle" seems to bear some similarities to a similar feature that is already present in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.
That being said, no details about a possible release date for Symbian "Belle" has been leaked out to the wild yet, so it is very possible that the various screenshots that are currently making their rounds in cyberspace could be nothing more than just a bunch of pre-release UI designs that are likely to undergo significant changes as Nokia progresses further with the development of their new operating system. However, we cannot help but admit that these screenshots have definitely captured our attention, if only because they seem to hint that Nokia might finally be getting its mojo back where user-interface design is concerned. After all, one must never forget that this is the company which was once highly regarded by many for its knack in delivering mobile phones that sported user interfaces which were both attractive and extremely easy to use.
Source: My Nokia Blog