Symbian has released the latest version of its smart phone operating system to add support for new wireless technologies.
Symbian Version 9.3 now offers native support for WiFi wireless Lan connectivity, to allow mobile devices to connect quickly over the internet using wireless hotspots.
The upgrade also supports the UMA protocol, which allows users to make and receive voice over IP calls over WiFi networks, and automatically transfer calls to a mobile cellular network when the phone moves out of the WiFi network range.
In addition, Version 9.3 supports the HSDPA mobile access technology on mobile networks, which is faster than 3G.
The OS also supports push-to-talk services, which allow mobile devices to work like a walkie-talkie, enabling a user to speak to multiple friends and work colleagues with a single call.
Symbian said the new version also offers an improved start-up time and quicker responsiveness to applications.
The upgrade to the OS also makes it easier for developers to remove features they may not want to include in lower-price phones.
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