Nokia on the developer’s day at mexico announced the next two Symbian versions – Carla and Donna plus further information on the Symbian Belle update rollout.
Symbian Carla will be released in late 2012 or early 2013 and is intended for smartphones with a 1GHz processor or higher. It will offer a whole new web browser, widgets, NFC capabilities and Dolby Surround audio.
Symbian Donna will be released at the end of 2013 or the early 2014 and is exclusively made for the dual-core processors. We wonder how many cores the mobile processors will offer by then, but now we know Nokia’s Symbian smartphones three years from now will have two cores and Nokia has always been good at optimizing the Symbian OS for far less capable hardware.
The processor minimum requirement means all the Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna handsets (N8, C6-01, C7, E7, E6, X7-00) are not going to get this version
As far as the current Symbian Belle is concerned – Nokia X7-00, E6 and 500 are going to get the update until the end of this year, while the Symbian^3 (already updated to Anna) devices will receive it in Q1 2012. It seems Belle will be the last update for the Symbian^3 and Anna generation.
Nokia is also planning to abandon Symbian in 2016. But the platform has at least four years to live, the new handsets and Symbian versions all have got a warm welcome.