Earlier this week, Nokia announced the pending release of its N8 smartphone, the first device powered by the open-source Symbian^3 platform. According to Nokia, the N8--due to hit retail in Q3--emphasizes digital content and social networking: Features include tools to create and edit HD-quality video, access to news and entertainment programming from partners like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic, and homescreen integration with Facebook and Twitter. The N8 also arrives preloaded with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation. The Symbian Foundation promises that the N8 takes full advantage of the S^3 platform, complete with multiple, personalized home screens, usability enhancements like single tap and multi-touch gesture support, a faster and more responsive user interface and upgraded memory management, supporting improved multi-tasking.
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