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Symbian Operating System
A Short Introduction
Antti Sorvari (Nokia), Jan Voracek (LUT)
Lappeenranta, November 2003
Main facts Designed to be used on higher-end mobile phones (also known as smartphones) Open application environment Owned and licensed by most major phone makers .
Key characteristics integrated multimode mobile telephony messaging open application environment standards and interoperability multi-tasking robustness flexible user interface design .
Phones with numeric keypad Joystick-navigated Soft keys Simple widgets .
Phones with touch screens Pen-based navigation Multimedia and browsing .
Phones with full keyboards Editing information Reviewing business data .
Writing applications SDK: emulator. Metrowerks Future: higher-level languages . Borland. libraries and target compiler Subset of C++ IDEs: Microsoft.
Writing applications: personal experience C++ Full IDE services: debugging etc Difficulty of testing on real devices Fast applications. small memory footprint .