Series 60

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Series 60, later shortened as S60, is a Symbian user interface used on most of Nokia's smartphones. It was also licensed to other manufacturers: Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Panasonic, Lenovo, Sendo, and Siemens.

1st Edition

The first version of Series 60 was launched with the Nokia 7650, and was later used on the 3650, N-Gage, Siemens SX1 and Sendo X. Only 176 × 208 and 176 × 220 resolutions were supported. It is based on Symbian OS 6.1.[1]

2nd Edition

The second edition first came with the Nokia 6600 in 2003. The Symbian OS base was upgraded to 7.0 with Feature Pack 1, then 8.0 with Feature Pack 2 and finally, 8.1a with Feature Pack 3. It also added support for themes, which were installed using SIS packages like other apps, not NTH files like on Series 40.

Feature Pack 1

There's not much change in FP1 but it merged the camera and video recorder apps into single app and added features like video editor, music player (though it only capable of playing tracks as mono) and faster CPUs.

7.0 and S60v2 FP1 is the last version to run on DCT4 platform as Nokia started to use the BB5 platform, starting with Feature Pack 2.

Feature Pack 2

Feature Pack 2, also known as S60 version 2.6, the Symbian OS version upgraded to 8.0 and it is the first version to run on the BB5 platform. It is first used on the Nokia 6630 and it introduced new features like UMTS connectivity (3G), JSR-184 (3D Java apps), stereo music player, revamped gallery (now it can able to sort files in different categories instead of act as a file manager), image gallery app (which is a precursor to Nseries gallery), printing support, Active Standby mode (introduced with Nokia 6680) and new keypad and warning sound effects that more reminiscent to Series 40 phones instead of Series 30.

Feature Pack 3

Feature Pack 3, sometimes referred to as S60 version 2.8, upgraded the Symbian OS version to 8.1a, added support for 352 × 416 displays, used on the N90. FP3 also ran on the N70 and N72, but with a standard 176 × 208 screen. It uses Symbian 8.1a. It is known for its extensive usage of SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphics) format, to make the user interface and themes cross-compatible with other screen resolutions. It also introduced a new gallery and even more improved music player, making it as seperate app from RealPlayer.

3rd Edition

The 3rd Edition is an evolution of 2nd Edition Feature Pack 3, but it runs on 9.1 instead of 8.1a. It introduced new features like Flash Lite 1.1, much more improved music player with equalizer, loudness and stereo widening effect and it introduced a revamped grid main menu, now it's in 4x3 grid instead of 3x3, giving it the ability of showing more apps (though this was unavailable in N91 and 5500 Sport due to limited resolution). It also introduced improved security, meaning the apps must be signed, though this restriction can be removed by hacking the phone by using an antivirus exploit and ROMPatcher. Regardless, it is not possible to run older S60v1 and v2 apps on v3 due to kernel differences.

Most S60v3 devices had a 240 × 320 or 320 × 240 screen resolution, but there were also some with 176 × 208 and 352 × 416 resolutions, as well as one phone each to use 240 × 400 (LG KT770) and 800 × 352 (internal display of Nokia E90 Communicator), thanks to its extensive usage of SVG format, just like S60v2 FP3.

Feature Pack 1

Feature Pack 1 runs on top of Symbian 9.2 and was introduced with the announcement of the Nokia N95, though the first phone to be released with it was the 6290. This version brought improvements to performance, removed the 1-minute limit from the voice recorder, ability of creating folders inside the folder in main menu and added support for recurring alarms and multiple alarms in the alarm clock. Feature Pack 1 devices support Flash Lite 2.0. It also introduced two new main menu styles, V-shape and Horseshoe, though they are not available in every S60v3 FP1 phone.

Feature Pack 2

Feature Pack 2 upgrades the Symbian OS to 9.3. It brought a new multitasking menu and significant battery life improvements. Probably the easiest way to identify FP2 is by the three softkey labels, as opposed to two on previous versions. It also introduced menu animations, although it was also backported to some phones running Feature Pack 1, such as Nokia E66.

5th Edition

S60v5, also known as Symbian^1, was the last version of S60 before it was succeeded by Symbian^2 and Symbian^3. It is based on Symbian 9.4 and designed for 360 × 640 touchscreen devices. As S60v5 was only intended for touchscreen devices, newer keypad Symbian phones still ran S60v3. In keeping with Nokia's observance of tetraphobia at the time, the company skipped the 4th Edition "as a polite gesture to Asian customers".

Nokia phones running 5th Edition were known for having issues, with Sony Ericsson devices (which adopted S60v5 following the abandonment of the competing UIQ platform) and the Samsung Omnia HD having better reputations.


Taking screenshots

See Taking screenshots on Nokia phones#Series 60.


See Jailbreaking S60 devices.

Dumping themes

See Dumping themes in Series 60 phones.


1st and 2nd Edition

3rd Edition

5th Edition