Symbian Limited today has announced the launch of Symbian OS version 9, the latest evolution of their OS for smartphone devices.
The company says Symbian OS v9 helps lower Symbian OS licensee development costs and accelerate time to market for smaller, less expensive and even more capable Symbian OS smartphones. As a robust, secure, open and standards-based platform, Symbian OS v9 will support network operatorsí cost-effective deployment of revenue-generating services, content and applications.
Symbian OS licensees have phones based on Symbian OS v9 in development, with product launches anticipated during the second half of 2005.
The Symbian OS v9ís multimedia capabilities support Symbian OS licenseesí development of phones for specific markets. For example, Symbian OS v9 supports Bluetooth stereo headsets, USB mass storage, advanced audio mixing and playback, as well as the latest MPEG and OMA DRM standards that make Symbian OS the foremost smartphone platform for delivering music and other digital content. It also provides enhanced support for 3D graphics, multimedia and graphics acceleration for gaming-oriented handsets.
The Device Management framework implemented in Symbian OS v9 gives network operators and enterprises new capabilities to manage phones in the field. Using OMA-compliant Device Management solutions, network operators and enterprise IS managers will be able to access a userís phone over the air to deploy new network services, capabilities or applications, or to diagnose a problem, as well as to audit applications installed on a phone. These capabilities will help network operators provide cost-effective support to customers accessing next generation services and content on Symbian OS phones.
New enterprise functions are provided, such as enhanced filtering and sorting of IMAP email, as well as new group scheduling capabilities, including accepting meeting invitations from standard PIM applications such as Lotus Notes or Microsoft Outlook. Symbian OS v9ís Java implementation gives developers the opportunity to access the functionality and performance of Symbian OS to create advanced Java-based applications and services. Fully compliant with network operator Java specifications and Java Community Process standards, Symbian OS v9 continues to support the latest Java innovations including JTWI (JSR 185) and Personal Information Management (JSR 075).
Symbian OS security capabilities have been evolved in Symbian OS v9 to a finer-grained security model that will help network operators deploy more advanced m-commerce services and DRM-protected content to Symbian OS phones. Symbian OS v9ís security model also helps protect networks, phones and usersí personal information from malware by ensuring applications can only access sensitive phone capabilities (e.g. sending SMS, making calls, access to personal information on the phone etc) when they have been given specific permission to do so. Symbianís application certification and signing program, Symbian Signed, has been extended to further support the Symbian OS security model.