If you are reading this, then you are probably asking yourself the same question I did "Symbian still lives?"
Because as it turns out it seems the once formidable platform isn't dead, it's on life support.
Symbian users (how many of them left?) will be glad to see that their phones have gotten a new update that adds a bunch of neat widgets (widgets? can't remember when last I said that word, so used to "tiles" now)
the widgets included are
- Webview widget (as featured most recently here, during its Beta Labs outing), showing a window onto any live web site of your choice. And yes, you can have multiple Webview widgets on multiple pages, if needed - they refresh whenever that homescreen is viewed. The version here is just one minor build on from the last beta version, by the way (21.00 build 35)
- Mirror widget, designed for people to check their faces (etc.), effectively a shortcut to an embedded 'front camera' utility, with QVGA 'capture' (yes, yes, low. The hardware supports VGA on most devices, but for some reason software for the front camera only has to the lower resolution). Note that this doesn't work on the Nokia 700, as it doesn't have a front facing camera...
- Toggle Flashlight - as it sounds, turns the LED flash light on as a torch - presumably for those who haven't discovered the keylock toggle long press shortcut for this - or who want to get the torch on NOW and not in five seconds time 8-)
- Stopwatch - as it sounds, a quick and useful 'instant stopwatch', with just pause and stop controls
- Contacts Communication - a one-touch way to phone or message a favourite contact - tapping on the body of the thumbnail brings up the contact record in the usual way
I guess we have Accenture (the software behind Symbian development) to thank for this. Though I am still waiting on them to do something revolutionary with the OS