Owners of the newest Nokia devices running Symbian can rejoice today, as the latest Belle update has begun its rollout. Announced at the end of last year as being available sometime during February 2012, it’s good to see it arrive so early. Belle is a major update of the operating system, and is also notable due to being known as Nokia Belle rather than Symbian Belle.
Here are some of the main new features contained in Nokia Belle:
- A total of six homescreens.
- Live widgets have been increased in size.
- Improved web browser.
- A new notifications bar.
- Better memory management.
- A new, streamlined camera interface.
In addition to the above, more information will be shown concerning missed calls, messages and other data on the lock screen, plus phones with an NFC chip inside will gain the software to take advantage of it.
The update is a big one though, and despite early reports indicating it would arrive over-the-air, it won’t, and you’ll need to plug your phone into PC and use Nokia Suite to apply the update. According to All About Symbian, the Mac Software Updater can’t be used for Nokia Belle for ‘technical reasons’, so Mac users will have to sit tight for now.
Provided you own a Nokia N8, E7, E6, C7, X7, C6-01 or a Nokia Oro, Nokia Belle should be available as you read this, and instructions on how to update can be found on Nokia’s support pages.