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Silverlight shows up on Symbian handsets

Silverlight landing on Symbian
Silverlight landing on Symbian

Symbian phones might be getting hammered in the press a little bit at the moment, but that hasn't stopped companies developing for it, with Microsoft's Silverlight the next in line.

The new Silverlight 'experience' will be available for Symbian S60 5th edition handsets, although no word on whether this includes non-Nokia phones.

Now added to the Ovi Store, handsets like the Nokia X6 and 5800 XpressMusic are taking advantage of the next-gen tech, which will allow users to browse richer content on the web.

New level

In the post announcing the new development, the Symbian team behind the mobile addition of Silverlight said that this would allow a new level of functionality to supported to mobiles.

This means hardware-assisted playback of H.264 video, media streaming and web applications - like the one from Bing which works on the supported Symbian handsets.

Windows Phone 7 support for Silverlight is set to be included when the handsets launch later this year, so this Symbian launch is a good test for Microsoft's Silverlight team.

Via Symbian Mobile blog

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.