The Symbian Foundation has unveiled the first release of Symbian^3, at the MWC in Barcelona today.

The Foundation expects it to be code complete by the end of March 2010. This release features a wide range of enhancements including more advanced usability, faster networking and graphics acceleration in 2D and 3D for games and apps. The first devices running the new platform are expected to ship as early as Q3 this year.

Along with more efficient memory management, allowing more apps to run in parallel, Symbian^3 also includes support for HDMI, so users can plug their device into a TV and watch a 1080p movie. The new graphics architecture will use hardware acceleration to offer users a better user interface.

The new homescreen supports multiple pages for widgets, enabling the user to flick between each one. The platform is also ready for 4G networks.

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