An Introduction to
By Pravin Shinde
What is symbian OS?
- Symbian is a mobile operating system (OS) and
computing platform designed for smartphones.
- The Smartphone operating system Symbian OS is
produced by the software development and licensing
company Symbian Ltd.
- Symbian Ltd was established in June 1998 and is
headquartered in Southwark in the UK, and the current CEO is
- Designed to be used on higher-end mobile phones (also
known as smartphones).
- Owned and licensed by most major phone makers
Applications in mobile computing fall into the following three
1)Stand-alone Applications- run entirely on mobile terminals
in disconnect (detached) mode.
2)Simple Client-Server (C/S) applications-The connection
time for C/S interactions is short.
3)Advanced mobile applications - (groupware and distributed
multimedia) - information exchanged is time critical (i.e., real
The functionality of the mobile terminals has evolved
tremendously over last 15 years.
-Short Message Service (SMS) and Web Browsing
Interaction with Vending Machine and Multimedia
Message Service (MMS)
Video Conferencing and Interaction with the surrounding
Because of all above requirement symbian OS came in to picture to
develop new and advance applications.
Mobile Application Evolution
Evolution in the various versions
EPOC32 (Electronic Piece Of Cheese):Graphical operating sysytem.(1998)
Symbian OS 6.0 and 6.1 :Bluetooth was added for exchanging data over short
distances from fixed and mobile devices. (2001).
Symbian OS 6.2: (2002)
Symbian OS 7.0 : This version added EDGE support and IPV6. (2003)
Symbian OS 7.0 :Multimedia framework(2003)
Symbian OS 8.0: There are not great evolution has shared some API’s to support
Symbian OS 9.1: Change of version 1.2 for the Bluetooth has version 2.0 where
the difference is the introduction of an Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) for faster data
Symbian OS 9.3: The WIFI 802.11 and the HSDPA (High Speed Downlink
Packet Access) appear on Symbian OS.
Symbian Os 9.5: This last version includes native-support for mobile digital
television broadcasts in DVB-H and ISDB-T formats and also location services.
-Symbian 5.0 released in 1999 failed to receive
much attention at that time.
-With Symbian 5.0 devices like users could not
only surf the Internet with mobile web
browser, send emails or add contacts but also
run some apps on the basic of JAVA support.
3.Symbian 7.0 Nokia 3230 (2003)
Nokia 9210 (2001)
Ericsson MC218 (1999)
7.Symbian ^3 Nokia N8 (2010)Nokia N97(2007)
Nokia N95 (2005)
Nokia 6630 (2004)
Symbian Donna also known as Symbian Bella FP2 was released in 2012 and turned
out to be the last Symbian system available in the market.
Symbian OS offers a choice of programming languages to the developer. Symbian OS is
written in C++ , and this is therefore regarded as its primary programming language.
Java 2nd the most important programing language on Symbian OS.
Others programing languages which are use on Symbian;
JavaSript, Assembler,WMLScript,C# , Visual Basic, OPL and so on…
Features of Symbian OS
Browsing: full web browser support and WAP stack for mobile browsing
Multimedia:shared access to screen,keyboard,font and bitmap,audio
recordingand playback,image related functionalty.
Communication protocol:TCP,IP version 4,IP version 6,USB,bluetooth.
Mobile telephony:abstract API for cellular system.
Data synchronization:support USB and bluetooth links.Transfer file and
Security:full length encryption and certification management,certificate based
Most secured and customized and open sourse operating system.
Support diffrent version of mobile 2G,2.5G,3G.
integrated multimode Mobile telephony
Application environment:wide range of application using C++ and Java.
Multi tasking:Multitasking Kernel to support multi tasking.
Robustness:Data intergrity and accept data from user quickly.
Flexible user interface design:Easy to use and understand.