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Nokia is running a countdown clock on its official Facebook page promising ‚something new on Symbian‚ due to be announced in the next few days.

Nokia is running a countdown clock on its official Facebook page promising ‚something new on Symbian‚ due to be announced. The announcement is expected to be the next update to the operating system, codenamed ‚Belle.’ According to reports, the page had previously promised a ‚Belle teaser,‚ though the wording has now been changed.

Pocket-lint.com notes that Nokia is also planning to release three new smartphones supporting the new platform: Cindy (Nokia 600), Zeta (Nokia 700) and Helen (Nokia 701). All three are expected to feature a 1GHz processor.

The arrival of Belle will come just a week after the current Symbian version ‚ codenamed ‚Anna’ ‚ was made available for download. New features on Belle are thought to include an Android-style notifications bar (something also mimicked in Apple’s iOS5).

The naming convention of the Symbian updates appears to be an alphabetical list of girls’ names, in a similar vein to Android’s alphabetical list of confectionary delights (of which ‚Ice Cream Sandwich’ – version 2.4 – is the latest). However, while we may yet see Symbian ‚Catherine,’ the fact that Nokia is in the process of phasing out Symbian in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone means we are unlikely to ever meet ‚Zoe.’

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