Nokia recently announced an update for Symbian, called Symbian Anna. Today this update has been made available for users of Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7. The update can be downloaded directly to mobile phones (“over-the-air”) or via the Ovi Suite 3.1.1 or later.

With the update Nokia delivers a new user interface and a virtual QWERTY-keyboard in portrait mode that is displayed with other content, as well as better browser and Nokia Maps, which now supports geographical check-in to websites like Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter.

The business-oriented security solution has been improved so that users can more easily access the intranet with IPsec and SSL VPN using hardware-accelerated encryption.

The application versions available in Symbian Anna are:

Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.

Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN

Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN

Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images

Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.

For Developers:
Flashlite 4
Java Runtime 2.2
Qt Mobility 1.1

Symbian Anna also enables the NFC hardware in Nokia C7. This means easier sharing of content with other C7-users and connection of NFC enabled Nokia accessories. The solution also supports including NFC tags for check-in.