Nokia Belle OS: 7 new features

Nokia Symbian Belle is getting a new name. The company has announced that the next version of Nokia’s Symbian OS will be called Nokia Belle. Not just this, the OS will also be soon available on some of the older Nokia smartphones like, Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7 and Nokia Oro. These phones are currently running on older Symbain operating systems.

As Nokia Belle expands its reach, here’s looking into all that the OS packs.

6 Homescreens

With Nokia Belle the number of homescreens expand from the current three to six.

Multitasking

Belle brings improved multitasking functionality. Instead of the old task switcher, Belle lets users flick between live images of their open apps and move quickly between them.

Widgets

Belle brings redesigned widgets like the clock, email, music player, favourite contacts and the calendar which come in five different sizes. The widgets can also be rearranged to create a completely personalised set of screens.

There are also new ‘Toggle’ widgets for tasks like switching on Bluetooth and changing settings.

Notifications

Just like in the Android and iOS 5, Nokia Belle also comes with a pull down menu for notifications from any homescreen. This menu offers control for missed calls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and common settings.

According to Nokia, the status bar sports a more modern and flat look.

Lockscreen

Belle also adds changes in the lockscreen. The new update allows users to add colour wallpaper and missed event notifications.

New apps

The new OS also brings business apps from Microsoft, including Exchange ActiveSync, Sharepoint, OneNote, PowerPoint Broadcaster and Lync.

NFC

With Belle, Near-Field Communications (NFC) has been deeply integrated into the operating system. Users can share pictures, connect with accessories and check-in with just a tap.

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