Counterclockwise: Sony Ericsson and Symbian UIQ, the early days of the touchscreen smartphone

June 11th, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

You may remember Symbian as an OS for old-school smartphones, but it had touch-centric branches as well. Who here has used a phone with Symbian UIQ? It’s a dinosaur now, extinct and replaced by better adapted species, but like those Jurassic reptiles, UIQ still draws interest from gawking visitors to the museum.

UIQ’s story begins at Symbian Ltd. – a collaboration between Nokia, Sony, Ericsson, Motorola and Psion – in the distant 1998. In 2002, the newly formed Sony Ericsson started using UIQ for its touch-enabled phones.

The company had some prior experience, courtesy of the…

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