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Next Gen Symbian platform won't run S60 apps

Symbian S60The Symbian Foundation is looking ahead toward the next few generations of the mobile operating system. And according to the Foundation's David Wood, the group plans to replace the S60's Avkon API with Qt when Symbian^4 is released in late 2010. In other words, applications that are designed to run on today's S60 devices probably won't run on future Symbian phones.

Of course, Palm also broke backward compatibility when the company launched the new WebOS featured on the Palm Pre. But the company decided to partner with a third party to build an emulator that would allow WebOS users to run older Palm apps. Perhaps we'll see an S60 emulator for Symbian^4 one day?

[via Engadget Mobile]

Tags: osupdates, s60, symbian, symbian4