Symbian Belle OS update brings single-tap NFC sharing and pairing


Nokia (NYSE:NOK) will introduce three mass-market smartphones powered by Symbian Belle, the newest version of the beleaguered Symbian mobile operating system.

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The new Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 are powered by Symbian Belle.

The new Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 feature single-tap Near Field Communications-enabled sharing and pairing tools enabling users to share contacts, videos and images between devices and pair their phones with NFC-optimized accessories like speakers and headsets. Gamers may also leverage Belle's NFC capabilities to unlock additional content in popular titles like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.

Symbian Belle also boosts the number of home screens from three to six, promising more room to display applications and services, and offers live widgets across a range of five different sizes. The revamped OS additionally touts a pull-down menu and taskbar to access notifications from any of the home screens and delivers a more robust web browsing experience.

Symbian currently maintains a worldwide smartphone market share of 22.1 percent, down from 40.9 percent 12 months earlier, according to Gartner data issued earlier this month. Earlier this year, Nokia announced plans to minimize Symbian's role in its smartphone portfolio, embracing Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone as its primary smartphone OS moving forward.

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