Hold the phones, it looks like Nokia has managed to integrate a virtual Qwerty keyboard that (drumroll) works in portrait mode on the latest version of Symbian. I know, amazing right? And about time too.
Hopefully this means that we can Swype on the X7 in portait mode (i.e. the way it’s meant to be used).
A video from Three UK shows off a Nokia X7 running a forthcoming new version of Symbian. You may remember that the X7 was one of the phones featured in the leaked Three line-up that appeared a month ago. This all but confirms that the gaming-centric Symbian phone is Three-bound.
The video was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, but appears to have been made private.
You can see the portrait Qwerty goodness at around the 1:04 mark as well as a few other nice things. Things like a new-look Symbian browser (up to three times faster, apparently), smoother scrolling between homescreens and a general tidy up of the Symbian UI.
All sounds good to us; this addresses a lot of the bad points of the Nokia N8. Namely that doing basic things like browsing the web could be a real test of patience.
The Nokia Blog also says that we’ll be hearing some Symbian announcements tomorrow from Nokia itself. We’re hoping that this new-look version of Symbian gets rolled out to existing Nokia phones like the N8 and E7.
The announcement is due to kick off at 10:00 Central European Time, aka 9:00 in UK time so we’ll know for sure then.
We’ve contacted both Nokia and Three for further comment and are waiting to hear back.
In case the YouTube video we’ve linked to gets taken down/made private/implodes into nothing we’ve taken some screenshots of all the relevent bits. Here’s a shot of the new-look Symbian homescreens.
From what we can see here, the homescreens look a lot less busy. We hope that adding app shortcuts is easier than it currently is on the Nokia N8.
A quick look at the new Symbian browser in action. Apparently much faster, but is it any easier to use?
An 8-megapixel camera with what looks like dual-LED flash sits on the back of the Nokia X7.