Nokia is introducing the new edition of the Series 60 Platform, based on the Symbian OS v9.0. The Series 60 Platform 3rd Edition will enable Series 60 handset manufacturers to create smartphones for various user segments, device formats and target high volume consumer markets. The Series 60 3rd Edition will be available for licensees in mid-2005.
The Series 60 3rd Edition's new features focus on enhanced multimedia and enterprise functionality, sustainable application business support, state-of-the-art customization enablers and improved platform architecture. The Series 60 3rd Edition will also include the features and functions of the previous editions, including multiradio, extensive application suite, scalable UI and high-resolution support.
A new security framework offers protection for business critical data and provides a more secure and trusted application development and business environment. The Series 60 3rd Edition also includes significant improvements in many business features, such as calendar, synchronization and device management.
For multimedia capabilities, the Series 60 3rd Edition will offer a new music player, more functionality for rich media content, USB mass memory storage and high-quality multimedia rendering. The new music player will offer seamless and easy-to-use music downloading with personalized themes and skins. The system will include the OMA Digital Rights Management (DRM) v2.0 for high-security content protection. Future smartphones based on the new edition can function as a normal USB memory stick. This way, music can be easily transferred from PC to mobile.
The new framework of Series 60 3rd Edition supports rich customization, enables improved support for extending Series 60 core applications with operator specific needs and yet ensures service and application compatibility between Series 60 based devices. The framework includes customization capabilities for building and integrating operator specific service applications, feature variation, service settings and user interface (UI) look and feel.
The Series 60 3rd Edition will benefit application developers with a programming environment that enables developers to reach a whole new level of performance and an increased amount of segmentation potential with targeted features and applications for enterprise, gaming, music, video and other market sectors. The platform also offers new features for developers, such as location, Web Services and Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) support.
The SDK for Series 60 Platform 3rd Edition, available during 2nd quarter of 2005, will provide developers with phone emulator, documents and sample application code and will be part of a bundled offering that includes a free, 90 day trial version of Code Warrior for Symbian OS, Professional Edition v3.0, a new addition to the Symbian OS-based portfolio of development tools from Forum Nokia.
The OS introduces a hard real-time kernel which allows manufacturers to build Symbian OS devices based on a single core processor.