Sony Ericsson gets smart, sticks with Symbian

Sony Ericsson has confirmed its commitment to the Symbian operating system (OS) by once again basing its forthcoming premiere smartphone on the platform.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 11, 2005

Sony Ericsson has confirmed its commitment to the Symbian operating system (OS) by once again basing its forthcoming premiere smartphone on the platform. The firm’s P990i is being touted as the first commercially available smartphone to adopt the enhanced Symbian OS version 9.1 and UIQ 3 software platform. This flagship UMTS smartphone is WiFi enabled, has a two-megapixel camera with auto-focus and features a new hardware keyboard beneath its flip-down keypad. The P990i follows on from Sony’s critically acclaimed P800i, P900i and P910i models and is based roughly on the same concept and form factor. However, the phone won’t hit the shops just yet, as this week it is merely being announced; the aim being to give developers in this region and around the world the time they need to create and certify as many P990i-ready applications as possible. That way, the theory is that a plethora of apps will be available when the P990i does go on sale. “The technical prowess of the P990i will be brought to full life by applications from the third party developer community,” explained Husni Al-Assi, general manager of Sony Ericsson, Middle East and Africa. “Demand for applications on the P800i, P900i and P910i has been very high. Our smartphones have been recognised as the most advanced and useful on the market, and we want to maintain this reputation with the P990 by ensuring there’s a rich supply of top applications for enterprise, productivity, leisure and gaming when users make their first visit to the Sony Ericsson Application Shop.” The P990i will offer all the benefits of UMTS including video calling, high-bandwidth multi-media downloads and the ability to browse the internet with full HTML pages. These will be viewed in landscape mode using the new Opera 8 mobile browser. In addition, the P990i is prepared for all major push e-mail clients, potentially enabling full e-mail access with attachments, anywhere, anytime. In a separate announcement, Sony Ericsson Developer World and UIQ Technology outlined their plans to support UIQ 3 developers. Developers can program in C++ or Java to create powerful professional and personal productivity tools for the P990i. The smartphone is based on Java Platform 3 (JP-3). It also supports four new Java Specification Requests (JSR’s) including Web Services (JSR-172) and is the twentieth phone from Sony Ericsson supporting Mobile Java 3D. Standard Java applications can be run with either the flip-down keypad open or closed.

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