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Video: Symbian^3 Draggable Homescreen, Portrait QWERTY keyboard and New Browser on the Nokia N8

This is a short and sweet video following up on the previous posts about the new homescreen/browser and the new portrait QWERTY.

This comes by way of Alex68

  • Note the homescreen which you can now drag at will. No need to wait for a swipe motion and then see the swipe happen. This was NOT a lag, but actually designed into the N8. Glad to see the back of that.
  • Next we’ll see the “new” T9 whereby it does not take you to a new text box. You can kind of see what this would be like when you use the search widget as that already partially displays the screen text of the app AND the keyboard.

  • Going into options you’ll see “QWERTY Keyboard”.
  • Note the Scandanavian layout with those extra letters (which make the keyboard look cramped). I suspect the English one will look slightly more roomy. I don’t know if it will be redesigned or if we’ll keep this straight aligned keyboard. It’s a touch annoying when we see so many better examples. KEYBOARD input is absolutely important and should NEVER have been an afterthought.
  • Next a brief look at the browser. As mentioned before the new look has a persistent back button, a web address/search bar at the top
  • This browser has a lot to live up to if it should meet Nokia’s claims of being as good as any mobile browser – Not sure what parameters but I hope rendering wise anyway. This was said back at Nokia World. As good as MicroB – big shoes to fill.

As noted before by Alex: It is a still very much evolving and developing product, any arguments about performance and interface might not be fair for the time being.

VIA MoNoBrow

I don’t know about you but I’m just looking forward to this – which by the inclusion of portrait QWERTY means should work soon.


  1. Keith
    November 8, 2010 at 7:09 am

    The keyboard doesn’t look very well to me. I mean the layout. It’s laid-out like a physical keyboard where the letters Q-A-Z are all in one line. I hope it’s changed before release. Make it like an actual computer keyboard layout.

    • Kane
      November 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Nokia SUCKS. ever seen 640×360 display on todays phones? today most mobiles have upwards of 800×480 displays more like 1024×640….

      • Andre
        November 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

        No phone out right now in the US or europe has a display higher than 960*640

        Most phones now have 800*480 which while better than 640*360 is not THAT massive a difference.

        That said, the next batch of devices running Symbian or MeeGo will probably be using 720p displays

      • h3csc
        November 25, 2010 at 4:37 am

        You idiot, as far as I know the screen resolution that most people are using nowadays are QVGA and HVGA! Even most mid range Android smartphone are using QVGA and HVGA only. While Symbian’s smartphone use nHD even at the low-end so I don’t think what you said by most mobile today use 800×480. Do more research before you speak, hater!

        Unless what you are trying to say is
        “Most high end phone nowadays are using 800×480!”
        That is so true and Nokia’s high-end device (E7 and N8) are significantly backward in the high-end segment. Although the difference between 640×360 and 800×480 isn’t that obvious to human eyes but as the screen size grows, the difference grows as well. Under 3.2″ screen both resolution won’t seems to have a major difference but in 4″, nHD is simply not enough.

  2. RR
    November 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Nokia should take a look at @janole’s keyboard in his Gravity 1.32.6671 release for S^3. Albeit an early beta, it’s simple, workable and usable.

  3. Dff
    November 8, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Save the video video now, nokia will kill it

  4. Jaydee
    November 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Is the Flash Lite 4 on Symbian ^3 devices still in beta? I still can’t get it to work on sites that require Flash 10.1 support.. I hope Nokia/Adobe sort this out A.S.A.P coz it frustates me knowing that its capable but half baked.. 😦

    • Andre
      November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      Flash Lite 4 will play any videos compatible with Flash 10.1 but it likely won’t be able to utilize all flash content

      • Jaydee
        November 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

        No.. It just does not… I’ve got a subscription to motogp.com and it won’t play the videos there.. and countless other video sites that utilise Flash 10.1..
        It will try loading with the buffering bar at the bottom and stop there.. And at its worst, the phone will just hang..

  5. Cod3rror
    November 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Alex, thanks for the demo, especially that back and forth homescreen movement that I asked you about in your last vid.

  6. bLAZED
    November 9, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I heard this new update affects the scrolling of the Social Network Widget,, How about the Favorite Contacts Scrollability?? I hope it doesn’t mess with it becausee I liked being able to add more that 4 contacts and being able to flick though them.. I had to add a 2nd widget on my N97 if I wanted more than 4 contacts…

  7. November 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I’m really liking that persistent ‘back’ button on the browser – that’s one of the most annoying things on the current one.

    • alex68
      November 11, 2010 at 9:08 am

      The “back” button will be available for both new QT browser and S60v5 browser.

  8. Cenarius
    November 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    that’s an awesome typing way….
    it’s really really amazing ..

    am looking forward to use this on Nokai n8

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