Enterprise Mobility: Nokia E6, X7 Smartphones Feature Symbian 'Anna' OS
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 Symbianwhich Nokia had until then ardently stood by, defended and invested in, as rivals defected to Google's Androidthe 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."