Sure, Nokia plans to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 for its future smartphones. But those phones won’t be ready to go until next year and the complete transition could take a full two years. In the meantime Nokia is continuing to do a little work on the Symbian mobile operating system and today the company announced that a handful of phones will ship with the new Symbian Anna interface starting in July.

The phones that will get the new software are the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, and Nokia C6-01. Nokia will also make Anna available as a download for customers that already have those phones in August.

Symbian Anna includes a faster web browser, better text input, a more powerful map applications and new icons. The update also adds business communications and security features, mobile check-ins with Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, and an enhanced social client.

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