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”:
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!
February 17, 2008
Here’s a bunch of live photos of some of the Symbian OS devices announced at the MWC. Enjoy!
Nokia 6220 Classic
Nokia 6210 Navigator
Sony Ericsson G700
Sony Ercisson G900
Update: I’ve added full-size versions of these pictures and more on my Flickr account. Enjoy!
February 13, 2008
I always though Samsung’s sleek S60 slider, the i560, was only available in black. Well, the S60 stand proved me wrong – purple ones exist too!
February 12, 2008
As promised, I’ve snapped a few piccies of LG’s new S60 handset. It’s a very unique design – on the outside it looks like a classy but retro handset with just basic buttons and a small display…
…however open it up and you have a mini communicator! Full QWERTY keyboard, landscape screen and stereo speakers! Pretty nifty!
Btw, it seems there was a typo in the press release and it’s main screen is the usual QVGA resolution, not VGA.
February 11, 2008
The MWC hasn’t officially opened yet and two of our licensees have already announced new devices using Symbian OS. Joy!
Sony Ericsson has shown off two new UIQ / Symbian OS devices: The G700 and G900. Both are very slinky (13mm thick) candy-bar phones with touchscreens, 3G and decent cameras. In the case of the G900 it’s a very decent camera: 5mP with auto-focus! How on earth did they cram that into such a thin package?
More info can be found in the following:
LG have just announced their KT610. It’s running S60 3rd edition Feature Pack 1 (which is built on Symbian OS 9.2). It features GPS, HSDPA (3.6Mbps), QWERTY keyboad and a 2.4″ QVGA screen. Sweet! Unfortunately there don’t seem to be photos available just yet, but fear not -as soon as I finish my morning shift at the Symbian stand I’ll head over to LG and snap some… well, unless William beats me to it!
For now, you can read more in: