Enterprise Mobility: Nokia E6, X7 Smartphones Feature Symbian 'Anna' OS

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-04-13 Print this article Print
Nokia X7

Nokia X7

Slim and curvy, the architected Nokia X7 seems to aspire for a spot on the Manhattan skyline. Made of stainless steel and glass, it's available in "Dark Steel" or "Silver Steel," and measures 119.7 by 62.8 by 11.9 mm.
Nokia, despite its new commitment to Microsoft, made good on a promise April 12 by introducing two new highly designed steel-and-glass smartphones, as well as an updated version of the Symbian operating system, nicknamed "Anna." The Nokia X7, designed for entertainment enthusiasts, features a 4-inch touch-screen, an 8-megapixel camera with high-definition video recording, Adobe Flash support and the ability to support 3D HD gaming. The candy-bar-style E6, by contrast, has enterprise workers in mind and so pairs a 2.4-inch touch-screen with a finger-touch navigator, a full QWERTY keypad and a slew of enterprise tools. Since Nokia CEO Stephen Elop's Feb. 11 announcement that the Microsoft Windows Phone OS would be the company's new priority, instead of the open-source Symbian—which Nokia had until then ardently stood by, defended and invested in, as rivals defected to Google's Android—the phone maker has been in transition. In an April 4 post on its new Symbian blog, Nokia defended recent changes to Symbian, which is now a different animal. While the company is sharing Symbian source code, Nokia officials said in the blog, it is no longer "maintaining Symbian as an open-source development project."
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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