Over the past couple of years, I have been developing and maintaining an app for Nokia devices and have been putting in quite some effort.
Yesterday, I updated my Nokia E7 to Nokia Belle. With this, sadly, I've come to notice that the app that once looked and felt quite intuitive, now got all it's Command Labels replaced by Icons thanks to the new JRE on the phone.
I am looking for pointers on either how to put back in the actual Label texts (long-tapping the icon is a no-go for my UI), or how to restructure my UI in such a way it will remain usable on S60v5 devices and Symbian Anna, but will regain it's usability on Belle at the same time.
Needless to point out this was an unexpected change, and quite a painful one aswell; Mainly because some ~15% of all users, will eventually be asked to upgrade to Belle.
Here's a live generated chart of users of the app in question: http://www.locationof.com/chart/phonechart.php
To see the actual product I am talking about here, have a look at http://www.locationof.com/ or download the 'My World' app from Nokia Store, and be amazed how Belle made "finding the right menu option to press" quite complex and thus makes the app somewhat unusable to the unexperienced user.
Original screenshot (Anna): http://www.locationof.com/images/sta...to/appshot.jpg
Belle screenshot: http://www.locationof.com/images/belle.jpg
Any pointers, hints, or articles on how to restructure an UI for both the older and new JRE (without making use of Canvas) would be very welcome.
Thank you for reading,
In anticipation of a reply,