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    Programming in Symbian - broad coverage?

    I understand that the Nokia 7650, communicators and other Series 60 phones will be using Symbian 6.0 and 6.1 OS. Can you please answer two questions?

    1) If an application is programmed in Symbian 6.0 for example, will that program be able to run on ALL Symbian phones from the Communicator to series 60 and beyond? Or do you need to specifically program a (slightly?) different program for each individual phone model?

    2) Roughly what coverage of phones will be using the Symbian OS in a year's time, 2 years? Will pretty much every new phone, from Nokia and others, be implementing it? It is very important that a prospective new app will function across a high % of phones (80/90% min), could a Symbian app possibly do this for new phones in the next few years? Otherwise Java will be required, but not sure if Java gives us the functional power that is needed.


    PAUL.

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    RE: Programming in Symbian - broad coverage?

    Hello,

    Communicators are using Symbian 6.0 and Series60 phones (including 7650, 3650 and N-Gage) are using Symbian 6.1

    1) Programs written to different Symbian devices are not binary compatible mostly because different UIs. The rule of thumb is that 80% of code remains same when porting to different devices. However, Series 60 platform versions should be downward compatible even between to different manufacturers devices. So application written for 7650 should work all future Series 60 devices if there aren't any hardware constraints e.g. applications that uses camera naturally won't work devices, which does not contain camera.

    2) Definitely Symbian won't be in every future phone model. It will be mainly used in smart phones, imaging and communicator kind of devices. Java MIDP will be most of the future phones. You have to compare your requirements and features the different platforms provide. Where the Java will be widely available, Symbian C++ is more powerful, has more APIs and applications seems to be more part of phone OS (compare Java sandbox).

    Best Regards,
    Marko / Forum Nokia

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    RE: Programming in Symbian - broad coverage?

    Thanks Marko.

    Where could I get a comprehensive coverage of which phones are, and will be in the next year, using a Symbian OS that can have applications programmed in Symbian 6.0?

    PAUL.

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