S60 touch technology announced, watch out Apple

S60 touch technology announced, watch out Apple

Summary: I saw a sign at the S60 Summit that listed S60 touch interface as an upcoming feature. I think the introduction of the iPhone really pushed manufacturers to speed up development of technology they had under wraps and today Nokia officially announced the S60 touch user interface would be coming in 2008. Rafe has a YouTube video of the presentation at the Symbian Smartphone Show over at All About Symbian that has me personally very excited about 2008. Imagine something like the iPhone, but with more functionality and an open architecture for virtually unlimited customization and expansion to your needs and desires.

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S60 touch technology announced, watch out AppleI saw a sign at the S60 Summit that listed S60 touch interface as an upcoming feature. I think the introduction of the iPhone really pushed manufacturers to speed up development of technology they had under wraps and today Nokia officially announced the S60 touch user interface would be coming in 2008. Rafe has a YouTube video of the presentation at the Symbian Smartphone Show over at All About Symbian that has me personally very excited about 2008. Imagine something like the iPhone, but with more functionality and an open architecture for virtually unlimited customization and expansion to your needs and desires.

The S60 touch interface supports both finger touching and stylus navigation and also provides tactile feedback with the touch interface. This means there will be a physical pulse/vibration when you tap on the display that should help with the user experience. The touch interface technology also supports motion and orientation sensors. The new S60 browser will support Flash Video and bring you a true desktop browsing experience on a mobile device.

Even more compelling is that all existing S60 3rd Edition applications will run on touch enabled devices with no modification required. Developers are certainly encouraged to optimize their applications for touch, but are not required to do anything if they do not desire to. This technology will be available to all manufacturers in 2008 and I personally can't wait to pick up a S60 touch device and will add my iPhone to my mobile device archives.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Mobility

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  • "Watch Out Apple"

    I don't think they need to worry too much. After all, the majority of times we see something like this it falls up short in some way.

    To Wit: Zune. The "iPod Killer"
    BitTwiddler
    • I think Nokia is much different than Zune

      Nokia has been around making high end smartphones for much longer than Apple and while I love my iPhone and think Apple did a very good job with a first generation product, I think Nokia can offer the best competition to Apple. They have innovative products, control manufacturing (like Apple), and have a HUGE worldwide base of users. With their openness to 3rd party applications and customization I think Nokia can knock out the iPhone. However, they need to market it like Apple did since that is what sold the iPhone more than the feature set itself.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Yeah, it's features at least sound useful

        I like the idea of tactile response right on the screen itself. It should be subtle though, I wouldn't want my fingers buzzing too much all the time.

        Still, it all depends on the phone itself. Nokia is kind of known for making decent, but boring, commodity phones.
        Tigertank
      • They also need to keep in mind the lessons learned from the iPhone

        ...such as locking it in to only ONE carrier, being anal retentive about people hacking the phone, etc...

        You can also make a very safe bet that Nokia, being, as you said in the smart phone game a lot longer, they will NOT make the sames mistakes with their phones - such as non-removable batteries, non-standard earphone jacks, etc...
        Wolfie2K3
    • Well the iPhone has also come up short in many ways

      NT
      mrOSX
      • That a little too general of a statement to have any meaning - NT

        NT
        raycote
        • OK here are a few...

          1) Tied to AT&T
          2) No Voice Dial
          3) Not a full qwerty keyboard, need to go to a secondary keyboard
          4) Apple hostile to 3rd party apps, not just no support, but hostile in that they would just soon destroy their customers phone
          5) Apple not supporting 3rd party apps directly on the phone.
          6) No user replaceable battery.
          7) No external storage capabilities, such as SD cards.
          8) Display does not work in landscape with all application's
          9) Edge is SLOW.
          10) NO Cursor Control keys.
          11) No stereo Bluetooh support(This is suppose to be an iPod also)
          mrOSX
          • Why are you such an M$ $hill??

            The iPhone is perfect... deal with it. Why don't you buy a Zune since you are so much in love with m1cR0$$$ux!111!!!one11!!
            NonZealot
          • Well you need to get a clue, I have never...

            and I do mean never been a MS Shill, I do not own any Microsoft software nor do my computers run any, I freed myself from that years ago. Maybe you should do some fact checking before labeling people.
            mrOSX
          • Sarcasm meter should have gone off

            Haven't you noticed yet that anyone who posts anything remotely critical of Apple is immediately labeled an M$ $hill? It seems that there is only 1 reason that anyone could possibly not think that Apple is perfect and that reason is that they refuse to use anything other than MS products. Heaven forbid that people can actually have criticisms of Apple products that have nothing to do with how they feel about MS!!!
            NonZealot
          • Tempest in a teapot

            1. So what?
            2. Valid point.
            3. Get out of the 20th century. Keyboards should be adaptable to task.
            4. It's a phone, not a computer.
            5. It's a phone, not a computer.
            6. The people who care are in such a small minority as to be meaningless.
            7. With 16 GB internal storage, you don't need one.
            8. Landscape is stupid for some applications.
            9. Depends on where you're at.
            10. Your finger is the cursor control tool.
            11. Bluetooth stereo sucks.

            Summary: You think these are shortcomings. Over a million people disagree with you. Odds are that means you're the stupid one, not them. Deal with it.
            frgough
          • Well not to lower myself to your level....

            "Summary: You think these are shortcomings. Over a million people disagree with you. Odds are that means you're the stupid one, not them. Deal with it."

            I wont call you names for having a different opinion than mine.


            PS If a million people say a foolish thing. It is still a foolish thing.
            mrOSX
          • Using your logic

            [i]Over a million people disagree with you. Odds are that means you're the stupid one, not them. Deal with it.[/i]

            Over a billion people disagree with your belief that Windows is inferior to OSX. Odds are that means you're the stupid one, not them. Deal with it.

            snicker, smirk :)

            PS Just because something is selling well doesn't mean it is a good product. It is called marketing and Apple is the best at it. The iPhone [b]does[/b] have shortcomings and you've done nothing to refute that.
            NonZealot
          • Finally, the truth comes out

            >>> Just because something is selling well doesn't mean it is a good product. >>>

            Fits the description of Windows to a "T".

            First (semi) intelligent, accurate thing you've said in ages... congrats, the meds must finally be working :-)

            ...
            MacCanuck
          • Thanks for agreeing with me MacCanuck

            frgough made a silly statement in his desperate bid to [b]DEFEND THE QUEEN[/b]. It backfired on him.

            snicker, smirk :)
            NonZealot
          • Well I have issues with some of your assement.

            3) You need to get out of the 20th century, phones with almost qwerty keyboards have been around along time and they are not very good.
            4,5,7. My current cell phone supports these and it isnt even a smartphone, it is a moto RAZR V3.

            6) That number will increase when it comes time to replace the battery.
            8) Landscape makes the keyboard bigger and easier to deal with.
            9) Edge is slow everywhere, it's only good to 160k MAX on a good day.
            10) Finger cursor control sucks on the iPhone
            mrOSX
          • Well I have issues with some of your assement.

            regarding number 9.

            3G isn't always faster. phone networks aren't exactly the same as computer networks. Here's an article that comes to mind - http://www.blackfriarsinc.com/blog/2007/10/why-edge-versus-3g-less-than-you-think

            Its funny because I've seen this in practice. We have a few iPhone users here (I'm not one myself) and the thing is pretty fast regardless of it being on EDGE.


            As far as keyboards go, I have to agree with the previous poster. The keyboard should be designed with the application in mind, not just the standard QWERTY.
            Schnazzer
  • RE: S60 touch technology announced, watch out Apple

    Matt it is your understanding that if I bought a N95-3 I would be able to upgrade it to a touch device with this software upgrade next year?

    Will
    willginn
  • No, the touch UI would require a new device

    I do not believe it will be possible to upgrade existing devices to the new technology since most of it will be hardware based. However, any applications you buy for your N95-3 should be available on new touch devices in 2008.
    palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • No "double touch" for S60, BIG difference NT

    NT
    Non-Zealand