SYMBIAN PLATFORM
ROADMAP OVERVIEW
Hamish Willee
Consultant
Symbian Foundation
What I’ll be talking about…

• Symbian Foundation and platform
• The Roadmap
• Evolving the Developer Experience
The most widely used mobile platform today (and it’s open)
          Used in 47% of smartphones worldwide
  79 million han...
What are we and who owns us?

• What is the Symbian Foundation?
  – We’re an open source software project
  – We’re led by...
Open source

• Biggest proprietary to OSS project ever

• Whole platform available under OSS
  licence from Symbian^3
  – ...
Growth and momentum
New contributors to the roadmap every month




                                                     T...
The Symbian Platform Roadmap
February 2010

We are building a truly open mobile platform.
http://developer.symbian.org/roa...
So what’s new in February?
Hot news
developer.symbian.org/roadmap


                        On the 4th February Symbian co...
Now             H1 2010                            H2 2010                             H1 2011

                          ...
User experience
                                    Developer experience
                                    Device creato...
Evolving the user experience
Making Symbian devices delightful to use

                       S^3                        S...
Symbian^4 UI refresh
A whole new look, a whole new feel



                            New user experience built on Qt

  ...
Evolving the device creator
experience devices
Making it easy to make
                            2010                    ...
Evolving the developer
experience
What does the Symbian platform offer to developers?

                  Web Runtime      ...
Qt
New application and UI framework
                                                                       “Cut developmen...
Qt
 New application and UI framework

Up to and      S^2                     S^3                       S^4         and bey...
Social mobile framework
 So much stuff to share, so many sites, so little time.


   See friends’ tweets through your phon...
More than just C++ and widgets

• Python
  – Now part of the platform!

• Flash
• Java ME
• Others…
Get involved
        http://developer.symbian.org/




     http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.ph
     p/Wild_ducks_p...
Roadmap highlights
      Evolving experiences
                                                  S^3                       ...
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  1. 1. SYMBIAN PLATFORM ROADMAP OVERVIEW Hamish Willee Consultant Symbian Foundation
  2. 2. What I’ll be talking about… • Symbian Foundation and platform • The Roadmap • Evolving the Developer Experience
  3. 3. The most widely used mobile platform today (and it’s open) Used in 47% of smartphones worldwide 79 million handsets shipped in 2009 (330million+ total) Over 100,000 man years of development. Source: Canalts 2009
  4. 4. What are we and who owns us? • What is the Symbian Foundation? – We’re an open source software project – We’re led by our members • Unique in that our processes are transparent, both technically and in terms of governance. We are inclusive. Plans are shared and anyone can help shape our direction.
  5. 5. Open source • Biggest proprietary to OSS project ever • Whole platform available under OSS licence from Symbian^3 – Mostly EPL. Some under compatible license (e.g. LGPL) – Anyone can access the source code – Anyone can build on it, make things with it and sell what they make without paying a royalty to the owner of the source code – People can contribute code back to the platform • Symbian^2 still partially SFL
  6. 6. Growth and momentum New contributors to the roadmap every month The future Day 1 June End 2009
  7. 7. The Symbian Platform Roadmap February 2010 We are building a truly open mobile platform. http://developer.symbian.org/roadmap
  8. 8. So what’s new in February? Hot news developer.symbian.org/roadmap On the 4th February Symbian completed conversion of the Symbian platform to fully open source licenses, Fully open removing membership as a barrier to engagement. The tool chain will follow during H1 2010. A new app for the platform, Podcasts allows the user Podcasts to easily download podcasts and manage app subscriptions. It is being contributed into Symbian^3 from an existing open source project. New web More details are becoming clear around Symbian^4. Contribution proposals submitted in January include browser plans to re-architect the browser and the web widget and web runtime environment to build both on top of Qt and runtime take advantage of the latest Webkit.
  9. 9. Now H1 2010 H2 2010 H1 2011 The first platform release hosted by the Symbian Foundation http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Symbian^2 S^2 Kits Complete Handsets available Now From H1 2010 Evolution across the platform, a big step forward in user experience http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Symbian^3 S^3 Kits Complete Handsets available Q1 2010 From H2 2010 A revolution in user experience, built on Qt http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Symbian^4 S^4 Kits Complete Handsets Q1 2010 Q3 2010 From H1 2011 February 2010 Notes: “Complete” equates to functional completion. “Handsets” dates are a guide based on a typical 3-9 month gap between “Complete” and first handset shipment. Actual device shipment dates are the domain of device creators.
  10. 10. User experience Developer experience Device creator experience 1 The roadmap – evolving experiences S^1 S^2 S^3 S^4 S^5 2 The roadmap – release summaries
  11. 11. Evolving the user experience Making Symbian devices delightful to use S^3 S^4 Devices Devices From H2 2010 From H1 2011 Easier to use: Single tap across the UI, A fresh new support for gestures such as pinch and flick look for all applications, Faster: ScreenPlay uses hardware based on Qt. acceleration to deliver a blazingly fast UI Direct access Watch HD movies and play games on TV via to key HDMI functionality Improved Homescreen: Multiple pages, and beautiful new widget manager, more powerful widgets effects and transitions in a New app: Podcasts streamlined user interface Radio app: “Buy now” from music stores One click connectivity makes connecting to the internet a breeze
  12. 12. Symbian^4 UI refresh A whole new look, a whole new feel New user experience built on Qt Integrated menu frees up valuable screen space New toolbar provides direct access to commands Long touch unlocks context-specific actions Beautiful effects and transitions A complete refresh of the app suite Coming in S^4 Devices From H1 2011 Sneak peak: http://qt.gitorious.org/uiemo/uiemo-preview
  13. 13. Evolving the device creator experience devices Making it easy to make 2010 2011 S^3 S^4 S^5 Writeable Data Paging Improved memory management enables better performance on low cost hardware ScreenPlay Take full advantage of graphics hardware acceleration to deliver a fast and engaging UI Localised to 40+ locales A great basis for targeting markets worldwide SHAI Making hardware adaptation cheaper and easier, getting devices to market more quickly Multicore Supporting the next generation of hardware platforms
  14. 14. Evolving the developer experience What does the Symbian platform offer to developers? Web Runtime Qt Widely used across many platforms and loved by The easiest way into developing for mobile devices – developers, Qt is an extremely powerful and easy to use WRT allows web developers to directly re-use their skills application framework. in HTML, CSS, Javascript and AJAX to create Homesceen widgets and stand-alone applications It becomes the primary application framework in S^4, bringing all of its advantages to Symbian app developers WRT is heavily reworked in S^4 to run on top of Qt and everywhere take advantage of the latest Webkit. S^4 S^4 Qt Mobility APIs will provide an ever richer Qt-based S^4 also sees extended support for the evolving W3C experience widget standards. Rich Middleware A Powerful OS Symbian is a great platform for powerful applications that Designed from the ground up for networked mobile take full advantage of the opportunities of mobile. devices, the Symbian platform is efficient, scaleable and secure. Its breadth already includes the leading location subsystem and there’s lots more coming in S^3… FreeWay and One Click Connectivity deliver an awesome networking experience to applications Integrate gesture support into your app UI S^3 ScreenPlay allows applications to take full advantage of Make use of sensors such as accelerometer graphics hardware acceleration to provide a great- S^3 Set up peer-to-peer networks with Zeroconf looking UI Easily integrate web services using the Social Mobile Writeable Demand Paging leaves more memory free Framework for running applications S^4
  15. 15. Qt New application and UI framework “Cut development time by nearly 50%” “Reduces code by more than 50%” “Deploy 50% faster because of better code maintainability” Google Earth VLC KDE 94% 76% “Qt meets or exceeds my “Qt has increased my 100,000+ developers expectations” productivity” 5000+ companies working with Qt Widely used Loved by developers Animations … Physics … Transitions Kinetic scrolling … 3D effects Gestures … Multitouch Integrated Modular Scales to fit Webkit architecture hardware rendering allows easy capabilities engine extension Strong architecture Delivering stunning effects
  16. 16. Qt New application and UI framework Up to and S^2 S^3 S^4 and beyond… including Devices Devices Devices From H1 2010 From H2 2010 From H1 2011 Qt adopted as the primary runtime for applications Qt runtime integrated Qt runtime available to into Symbian^3 kits and available for UI Extension for Mobile download and install inclusion in devices provide enhanced Qt- based controls Platform applications ported to Qt and Uiemo
  17. 17. Social mobile framework So much stuff to share, so many sites, so little time. See friends’ tweets through your phonebook <Your favourite web Surf their photos from your gallery services here> Your web life available in any app, right where you want it Symbian’s Social Mobile Framework S^4 A core set of libraries that ease integration of web services into applications An extendable framework allowing adaptors for individual services to be added Brought to you by:
  18. 18. More than just C++ and widgets • Python – Now part of the platform! • Flash • Java ME • Others…
  19. 19. Get involved http://developer.symbian.org/ http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.ph p/Wild_ducks_project
  20. 20. Roadmap highlights Evolving experiences S^3 S^4 Complete: Q1 2010 Complete: Q3 2010 Devices: From H2 2010 Devices: From H1 2011 Easier to use: Single tap across the UI, one click An ever better user connectivity, support for gestures such as pinch and flick A fresh new look for all applications, experience Faster: ScreenPlay for UI acceleration based on Qt. Watch HD movies on TV via HDMI Direct access to key functionality and New app: Podcasts* beautiful effects and transitions in a streamlined user interface Radio app: “Buy now” from music stores Homescreen: Multiple pages, new widget manager Qt available in kits: embrace the future of app development platform for developers Qt becomes the primary native runtime A richer ScreenPlay: Graphics hardware acceleration FreeWay: High bandwidth networking Social Mobile Framework brings easy Zeroconf: Easy network sharing web service integration Improved memory management (WDP) creators Helping device Localised to 40+ locales SHAI February Multicore 2010
  21. 21. Thank you!

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