Symbian Anna

Sure, the Symbian operating system is on its way out. But if you’ve already got a Nokia C6-01, C7, E7, or N8 you can now download the latest version of the doomed mobile operating system to breathe a little new life into your device while we wait for Nokia to chuck to Symbian to the side and start selling phones with Windows Phone 7.

The Symbian Anna software update adds an attractive new user interface, an improved on-screen keyboard that works in landscape or portrait mode and which doesn’t cover the whole screen as you type, and a faster web browser.

There’s also support for Near Field Communications technology if you’re using the Nokia C7, and better support for data encryption.

The Nokia Maps app also has new public transit routes, support for check-ins, and improved search. The search, email, and calendar apps have also been tweaked.

Users can download Symbian Anna using the Ovi Suite. It already comes preloaded on the Nokia X7 and Nokia E6.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...