The new S60 interface, which also adds support for Haptic or tactile feedback, is obviously Nokia's response to the iPhone and onslaught of other touch-run handsets, such as HTC's Touch models, for example.
Nokia's blog say it plans to demonstrate new innovations in the S60 user interface at the Mobile World Congress:
While the S60 design is kept familiar and consistent S60 renews and innovates to fill different user needs and provides alternatives for developers, manufacturers and Operators to design new type of applications, mobile devices and services. Now S60 expands the UI offering by Touch UI with tactile feedback to create new type of devices and applications and by UI Accelerator Toolkit to create graphically stunning applications.
With touch or haptic feedback users feel a physical pulse when tapping a display.
Nokia says all current S60 3rd Edition applications will be able to run just fine on the upcoming touch-enabled S60, unmodified; although developers will be free to enhance their software for S60's new and improved capabilities.
Like the UIQ platform, S60 runs on top of the Symbian operating system. Until now, if a Symbian smartphone vendor wanted to offer a touch interface, then UIQ was their only choice.
Nonetheless, S60 is by far the most popular smartphone platform in the world, accounting for 53 percent of the global market share during the second quarter of this year, according to Canalys.
Nokia wants it to stay that way.
This article was first published on PDAStreet.com.