Symbian Foundation Announces Symbian S^3

What is Symbian^3?

Symbian^3 is the first fully open source version of the Symbian platform, and the second release of the Symbian platform by the Symbian Foundation. It extends Symbian^2 in many ways, including graphics support for advanced layering and effects, full HDMI support for a great television playback experience and improved data performance – ideal for streaming high definition audio and video. View the full press release or their blog for more information.

There’s a lot to benefit both users and developers in Symbian^3!

The most important improvements to the user experience:

  • Networking An improved networking architecture, ideal for streaming high definition audio and video
  • Multimedia Full HDMI support with HDCP to provide a great high definition video experience when plugging your mobile device into a television
  • Graphics Re-architected to harness the full power of graphics hardware acceleration and provide support for advanced layering and effects
  • Usability Improved single tap support to make the UI more fluid and easy to use
Symbian^3 for Developers
  • Qt 4.6 Application Framework Availability of the Qt 4.6 application framework for Symbian^3 is a key step in the evolution of Symbian’s application development environment – it will become the primary application framework in Symbian^4. Availability in Symbian^3 allows developers to start unleashing the power of this new runtime, to plan new applications and to start the migration of their existing applications.
  • Smart Installer for dependency management We have added “smart installer” technology in S^3 which makes it possible to fetch and install the correct version of Qt automatically when a user attempts to download a Qt-based application.

Learn more about Symbian^3 for Developers!

Can I get my hands on S^3 now?

Absolutely – with the recent open sourcing of the entire S^3 platform anyone can get their hands on it – just go to the ’Source’ page on the Symbian’s Developers website.


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