Nokia has combined the announcement of the Belle software update with the news they’ve dropped the Symbian name. A post published on their official Conversations blog simply says the ‘all new Nokia Belle’ is coming soon, adding in brackets ‘previously Symbian Belle’ to clarify the name change.
Striking the Symbian name from the software is another in a line of re-branding efforts from Nokia, following their adoption of Windows Phone 7 as their primary smartphone operating system. Earlier in the year, they also removed the Ovi name from their application store, navigation software and other services.
No reason has been given for the change, or an indication as to whether the name will live on elsewhere, but an analyst told PCWorld.com the move could be because Nokia considers its own name to be a stronger brand, and a reaction to the drop in Symbian device sales.
Nokia Belle, although already officially announced, has now been given a release schedule. It’s expected to appear on the N8, C7, C6-01, E6, X7 and the Nokia Oro as an over-the-air update in February 2012, however brand new N8, C7 and C6-01 phones will start shipping with the update already applied very soon.
February does seem a while away for some software already applied on the Nokia 700, 701 and 603, but the inclusion of more homescreens, improved widgets and a other tweaks should make it worth the wait.