#Symbiangives Multicore Symbian^5 and Symbian^6 coming 2011 and 2012 respectively. Symbian^3 on Cortex A9
Symbian’s roadmap is available for you to have a read and there’s some very interesting stuff planned. #Symbiangives – not just open in terms of Open Source OS but Open in their intentions and future goals:
- Symbian^4 isn’t the limit, there’s Symbian^5 and Symbian^6 too! [Hey, maybe we can keep the S60 branded products, just rub out the zeros!]
- Symbian^4 will be ready for multicore support sometime in 2010
- Symbian^3 has kernel support for multicore
- Multicore will achieve better performance with better battery life!
- Symbian is designed for low power consumption from the ground up and now leading the wave in low power efficiency.
- Symbian^3 is running on dual Cortex A9
- A9 will allow recording of up to 1080p
- High end 3D graphics accelerator to bring PC-like web browsing [If anything like Maemo 5, I’m stoked!]
- Symbian^3 devices (N8/N98/N87?) available from 2010 [H2, i.e. July onwards]
- Dual Core devices will be shipping in 2011
- Symbian^4 devices will be available from 2011 [H1]
- Symbian^5 devices will be available from 2011 [H2]
- Symbian^6 devices will be available from 2012 [H1]
Question. Will Symbian^6 be capable of running on a Symbian^3 device? (I’m guessing there’s no point asking about N97 compatibility – could you even bear it on that amount of free RAM?).
Some other interesting notes from the roadmap:
- There are 33 Symbian^1 devices so far, from Samsung, Fujitsu, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Sharp.
- Over 100,000 man years of development
- Over 300,000,000 Symbian devices shipped
- Incremental evolution, but big step forward in User Experience
- Minimising unecessary taps! [Oh GOD that’s frustrating in Symbian^1]
- Enhanced look/feel in transitions/transparency/fades
- Multitouch support with gestures swipes and pinches (says in photos and video player…what about browser?)
- HDMI output (confirms N98 HDMI?)
- HD streaming
- Multiple Homescreens
- Whole new User Experience
- UI will take advantage of next gen graphics
- Application layout will be updated for simpler, streamlined efficient experience [SEE screenshots]
- Suite of applications themselves will be redesigned
- Messaging will be conversation based (cool…but waiting until Symbian^4?!?!)
- Calendar integrates email, allowing email responding via calendar UI
- QT becomes standard environment which applications are written on.