PRESENTED BY -
MR. AMIT TYAGI
CS 3rd YEAR
ROLL NO. - 1103210019
What is mobile OS ?
Types of mobile OS
Introduction to Symbian OS
Evolution in various version of Symbian
Features of Symbian OS
Development for Symbian
Comparison b/w Android and Symbian
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What is Mobile Operating System
An operating system for mobile devices. It is the software platform on top of
which other programs, called application programs, can run on mobile devices
such as Mobile phones, Smartphones, PDAs (Personal digital assistant), and
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• Symbian OS is designed for the mobile phone environment.
• It addresses constraints of mobile phones by providing a
framework to handle low memory situations.
• provides power management model, and a rich software layer
implementing industry standards for communications, telephony
and data rendering.
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Psion founded by David Potter inn 1980 launched the Psion Organizer, the
world's first volume-produced handheld computer in 1984.
In 1991, Psion introduces the EPOC OS (Electronic Piece Of Cheese, according
to the legend).
In 1997, Psion Series 5 - the first EPOC32 (32-bit) palmtop.
June 1998 - Symbian is established as a private independent company and is
owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola and Psion. From this point onwards has
EPOC OS been called Symbian OS.
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September - Symbian ships Version 6 of its software platform to licensees.
November - The world's first Symbian OS phone, the Ericsson R380 Smartphone,
June - The world's first open Symbian OS phone became available - the Nokia
Nokia introduces the S60 - a licensable UI for Symbian.
The first 2.5G Symbian OS phone, the Nokia 7650, is announced. The 7650 is the first
mass-market Symbian phone and it is based on the Nokia S60 reference design.
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February - Symbian announces UIQ user interface application for Symbian OS.
October - Samsung licenses Symbian OS for smartphones. World’s top five mobile
phone manufacturers now Symbian OS licensees.
December - Fujitsu has completed development of a Symbian OS smartphone for
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network - The F2051.
April - Symbian launches Symbian OS v7.0s at Exposium03.
October - Nokia announces the first "Media" phone, the TV-enabled 7700, based on
the new "Series 90".
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February - Symbian OS v8.0 is announced.
March - Symbian leads smartphone market.
February 2005 - Symbian OS v9 is announced.
May - 100th commercial phone model ships.
November - 100 million Symbian smartphones shipped.
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In June 2008, Nokia announced the acquisition of Symbian Ltd., and a new
independent non-profit organization called the Symbian Foundation was
established. Symbian OS and its associated user interfaces S60, UIQ and
MOAP(S) were contributed by their owners Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Sony Ericsson
and Symbian Ltd., to the foundation with the objective of creating the
Symbian platform as a royalty-free, open source software, under the OSI- and
FSF-approved Eclipse Public License (EPL). The platform has been designated
as the successor to Symbian OS, following the official launch of the Symbian
Foundation in April 2009. The Symbian platform was officially made available
as open source code in February 2010.
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Fast ward to 2013, Nokia dumps the Symbian OS after plans to create a new
smartphone OS that would be distributed as an open-source was an utter
disaster. That was OS was Maemo and ran on the Linux platform.
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Evolution in the various versions
EPOC32 (Electronic Piece Of Cheese):Graphical operating
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
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 transfer.
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
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-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
3.Symbian 7.0Nokia 3230 (2003)
Nokia 9210 (2001)
Ericsson MC218 (1999)
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7.Symbian ^3 Nokia N8 (2010)Nokia N97(2007)
Nokia N95 (2005)
Nokia 6630 (2004)
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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.
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Released in the year 2010.
Symbian^3 is an improvement over previous S60 5th Edition and features
single touch menus in the user interface, as well as new Symbian OS
kernel with hardware-accelerated graphics.
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Symbian Anna and Symbian Belle:-
Released in the year 2011.
Free-form, differently-sized, live widgets
More home screens
Improved status bar
Informative lock screen
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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
Security:full length encryption and certification
management,certificate based application management.
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
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.
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+ True multi-tasking operating system
+ Wide range of available phones (from cheap keypad-based to large
+ Still has a big user base, especially in developing countries
- More suited for non-touch keypad devices
- Slow and outdated
- Declining user base
Initial partners of Symbian OS
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Developing for Symbian
3 options available
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+ Easy memory management
+ Easy to develop
+ Application can be ported to S40 Asha (Nokia’s
- Lack of APIs(maps, navigation, UI controls)
- Limited access to hardware
- Needs certification and signing
- Limited subset of Java
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Subset of C++
+ Full access to hardware
+ Low memory footprint
+ Good profiling and debugging tools
- Lack of APIs (maps, navigation, UI controls)
- Steep learning curve
- Difficult memory management
- Needs certification and signing
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+ Good set of UI controls
+ Good customization options
+ Fast to develop
+ Application can be deployed for MeeGo with minor changes
- Large memory footprint on older Symbian versions
- Lack of Symbian emulator (although Qt Simulator can simulate Qt on
- The Mobility package can have some bugs
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COMPARSION OF SYMBIAN & ANDROID
1.Operating system: Both have got awesome operating
system but the thing is that you can upgrade an android
phone ,but you can never upgrade a Symbian phone, all
you have to do is go for a new phone. You can upgrade
android 1.6 to 2.1 android version but its impossible to
upgrade s60v3 to s6ov5.Android vs. Symbian -Android Wins
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2.Appearance:An android platform provides a better looking appearance the
old Symbian OS platform, though in both the cases new themes can be
installed. Android phones have got a modern look with a drop down. You will
not be able to change the menu style ,the way your videos look and music
library looks and how your notes and documents and messages, mms, and
phone book looks the way your browser and file manager looks in a Symbian
Phone. But all this is possible in a android phone where you can do little
shuffle by removing your default file browser and downloading and installing
new file browser. Android vs. Symbian -Android Wins !
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3.Processor:The computing power of Android smart phones more than
Symbian because the Android newer and more powerful processes with a
frequency of 1 GHz (with Symbian to 680 MR). Android has greater screen
resolution! This means that more than the display. So, for example, the
Android-Smartphone is much more convenient to read and surf the Internet.
Memory for some models up to one gigabyte, while Symbian applications are
often closed due to lack of memory, Android is trying to use the newest,
namely, the graphics processor, the performance of which is 3-4 times greater
than that of Symbian. As a result, the Android-Smartphone you can put a very
high quality game. Personally, I liked most of all Android phones for this
reason. This is the interface; Widgets are all kinds of installation without any
issue, multiple desktops. In general, Android can be tailored to the tastes of
any user. Android vs. Symbian -Android Wins !
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4.Battery:Symbian was designed for a low energy consumption. Symbian
smartphones have a better battery life than Android ones.Talktime in an
android phone is lower than that of Symbian. Android vs. Symbian -Symbian
5.Apps: Android phones have more cooler and wider range of apps which you
can get directly from google.com by clicking on the PLAY button while Nokia
OVI store provides Symbian apps
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 The Symbian OS Architecture Sourcebook – By Ben Morris
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