Symbian SQL Demo

February 21, 2008

Here’s some more demo goodness for those who couldn’t see it in person at the MWC last week. One of the new features of Symbian OS version 9.3 is Symbian SQL. It’s designed to search through large (as in Terabyte large) amounts of data very quickly.

This can be used to speed up searches in large address books or calendars. It will also be invaluable in the realm of multimedia since people are carrying around ever more pictures, songs and videos on their phones. No doubt developers will find plenty of other ingenious uses for it too.

The team looking after this component in Symbian is called System Libraries (aka SysLibs) and they cooked up a neat little demo application that runs on S60 (They were showing it on a Nokia N95 8GB). It searches through a local copy of Wikipedia‘s titles and abstracts (that’s 2.2. million entries taking up 1.4GB of storage). The search is instantly narrowed down as you begin typing something which demonstrates just how quick Symbian SQL can cut through all that data.

I’ve put together a series of screenshots as an animation to give you an idea of what this looks like when searching for “Symbian”:

SQL server demo

Pretty impressive I’m sure you’ll agree!

The eagle-eyed amongst you may be thinking “Hang on a minute, if SQL server is in Symbian OS 9.3 how did you get the demo working on a 9.2-based device?” and you’d be quite right, the N95 8gig does not have SQL server out of the box. However, Symbian will begin offering the server as an installable SIS file for 9.2 devices soon (via SDN++ probably) and the demo was built using that!

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FreeWay demo

February 18, 2008
FreeWay demo on Symbian’s stand

One of the other demos at our stand this year was showing off FreeWay, the new communications architecture. Specifically it was showing the throughput of data through the comms stack:

FreeWay throughput

Pretty impressive I’m sure you’ll agree! Mmmmhhh… 100+Mbps on my phone! *drool*


The people behind the ScreenPlay demo

February 18, 2008

One of the demos at our Symbian stand this year was showing off ScreenPlay. It highlighted the benefits you get now that some of our Multimedia technologies such as the camera viewfinder and video playback have been integrated with ScreenPlay.

MWC ScreenPly Demo

What visitors to our stand did not see is all the hard work that went into producing this demo. In this post I hope to shed a little light on how many people came together from all across our organisation to make this demo happen. This is not an exhaustive list of every single person who was somehow involved (for example, some preferred to remain anonymous), but pictured or not they all deserve a big pat on the back. I’m sure the same goes for those who worked on our other MWC demos too.

Graphics Team

These are the people who helped create ScreenPlay in the first place, so obviously the whole team deserves some credit. Some graduates and Deep (pictured below) within Graphics produced the originial demo used in the 2007 Smartphone Show which was the foundation of this new demo.

Deep Prakash and the original ScreenPlay demo

A number of people also provided lots of support during the development of the new demo. Especially Rehan and Simon. Cheers dudes!

Graphics guys

A big thank you also to Rob for helping iron out some last minute bugs and John, their team lead, for allowing them the time to help out!

Base Team

Thanks to our man Vitaly, who provided support for the TV out driver, we were able to show off the demo on the big screen!

Vitaly and TV out

Of course, TV out is no good unless you have the right cables for it. Enter Angelo, the lord of the boards:

Angelo making video cable

Marketing Team

The pretty icons used in the demo were produced by Annabel and Sabeena from the Marketing Department.

Multimedia Icons

Multimedia Team

Integrating the camera viewfinder with ScreenPlay and providing lots of support was done by the camera guys in London: Rahul, Matthew, Brian, Jason & Hitesh.

Camera team

Allowing video decoding to a graphics surface was done by our video gurus in Vancouver. Thanks to David for being the main contact for support:

Video dude

And of course the demo was pieced together, continuously tweaked and presented by Joseph from the video team within Multimedia:

Joseph and the demo on a big screen

Last but not least, I had a small part bugging Joseph with UI ideas and suggestions and also being his side-kick at the MWC Symbian stand in Barcelona.

So there you have it, an excellent example of collaboration in Symbian. Can’t wait to see what we cook up for the next trade show!


Yesterday’s news

February 12, 2008

Sorry for not posting anything yesterday. The app I was going to use on my phone had trouble connecting and the WiFi connection in my hotel room wasn’t working either. *grumble*

Yesterday was a blast! I spent most of the day on the Symbian stand showing off one of our two ScreenPlay demos (I’ll cover it in more detail in a later post). Lots of people came by and seemed to be interested (though I suspect some were just after the coffee!). There were a few bloggers stopping by too – one was from the Mobile Game Developer Magazine which looks like an interesting site for… well… mobile game developers. We also had Norman from Symbian World stop by – another interesting blog worth checking out! I wonder if the AAS boys or some of the blogs.S60.com folk will stop by too – come on guys, you know you want to!

Pretty coffee

In the evening there was the Symbian party which was excellent. There was plenty of food and drink and music by the Pinker Tones. I would say it was kind of funky electro music, but I’m not too good with the old music genres, so why not judge for yourself? In any case it was a lot of fun and we were dancing away (especially William 😉 ) into the wee hours of the morning.

The Pinker Tones

Right, best be off to the show now.


Demo teaser

January 30, 2008

Pssst! Over here…

My name’s James and I’ve snuck into this blog past William and Freddie to bring you an exclusive spy shot from deep within Symbian…

Demo teaser

It’s a demo we’re cooking up to show at the Mobile World Congress, but I didn’t tell you that! Can you guess what it is? Add some comments below with your ideas!

By the way, I’m going to try to sneak my way into the show at Barcelona and infiltrate this blog occasionally to bring you more geeky news!

Right, I’m outta here before someone spots me!