It’s a pretty well known fact that the days of Symbian in the big leagues are over. Nokia has sold its soul to Microsoft’s Windows Phone Platform, which frankly is pretty cool, so Symbian’s days or as Nokia would put it – Nokia Belle in the big leagues are over. It has now been reserved for low to mid range smartphones, though it does not mean Nokia will cease development of this once dominant platform. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the boys from GSM Arena have stumbled upon screenshots of the next update to Symbian called Carla. Also Read - Google slyly launches Android 5.1 Lollipop on Android One, here's what's new
Admittedly, these screenshots came first on Nokianesia.blogspot.in on which the post has been taken down, but from what we have gathered from the screenshots Nokia Carla borrows a lot of UI elements from MeeGo Harmattan seen on the N9, another OS Nokia abandoned in light of the Microsoft deal. Also Read - Nokia reportedly paid millions in ransom to stop blackmailers from leaking Symbian source code
Standard enhancements to the Symbian Web Browser (Which is in desperate need for overhaul) and on screen keyboard are there. A clear influence of MeeGo can be seen on these apps. Apart from this, the traditional Symbian Unlock button seems to have given way for more modern ‘swipe to unlock’ screen and the music app also seems to have taken a MeeGo form. Besides this, the contextual menus also see an overhaul in the vain of MeeGo. Also Read - LG G3 leaked screenshots again show the flatter UI and new features
The Carla OS update is expected to be restricted to second generation Symbian smartphones like the Nokia 700, 701, 603 and the soon to be released 808 PureView. Unfortunately, first generation devices like the N8 are not expected to be upgraded due to hardware limitations.
While the update definitely looks interesting, the question people will ask is if this will bring Symbian on some kind of parity with Android, iOS or even Windows Phone, which might make the Nokia PureView 808 a worth while smartphone, rather than a camera phone only. Most probably, the answer is going to be no, however we will reserve judgement only when we use it for ourselves.