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Nokia Delays & OS Plays

12:40 PM -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s next flagship Symbian Ltd. smartphone, the E7, is following in its older brother N8's footsteps and will be delayed to early next year. (See Nokia N8 is Late and 'Nokia Is Back!')

The Symbian^3 device, which was supposed to go commercial in the fourth quarter, is being pushed back "to ensure the best possible user experience," a Nokia spokesman told Reuters.

The delay is another strike against Nokia, which also said it's cutting 800 more jobs in the Finnish market today, but it's worse news for Symbian. The operating system needs a win in 2011 as it struggles to defend its waning market leadership. (See Symbian Shutters Its Sites and Nokia Takes the Helm at Symbian.)

To make the delay worth it, Nokia promised four or five big updates for Symbian, according to reports from the International Mobile Internet Conference. In early 2011, Symbian will get -- count 'em -- 50 updates, including a more intuitive browser, a home page with split-screen text entry, and an updateable HTML5 browser. (See OS Watch: Device Makers Sound Off .)

On the device front, future phones will get a 1GHz processor and more graphics memory, but that's in the second or third quarter. The big whammy, dual-core processors, will hit the market in the fourth quarter.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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