Symbian^3 is due this year, in fact we've heard that S^3 devices should arrive in Q3, but we hadn't seen a live demo of it. One just hit the Internet - it runs on a laptop rather than a phone but still, the UI is manipulated in real time in front of a live audience.
It's important to note that Symbian^3 is meant to catch up to the users expectations of what a modern smartphone should be able to do, we have to wait till Symbian^4 to get to the innovative part. We weren't mightily impressed by the mockup videos of S^4 though.
The homescreen has been revamped to make it much more widget friendly - the way to add new widgets, rearrange them, adding new homescreens, that kind of thing. The task manager has been redesigned too.
Nokia emphasizes performance (up to three times faster in the graphics department they say) and multitasking. And not that trick multitasking where the app is frozen, no. Apps in the background continue to run. We wonder who that jab was aimed at.
Multitouch is finally making its way to the Symbian platform - both on capacitive and resistive displays.
We'll let Mr. David Rivas from Nokia take over from here: