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State the key features of Symbian operating system.

Subject: Mobile Computing

Difficulty: Medium

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Features of Symbian operating system:

  • Real-time: It has a real-time, multithreaded kernel.
  • Multimedia support: It supports audio, video recording, playback and streaming, and image conversion.
  • Platform Security: Symbian provides a security mechanism against malware. It allows sensitive operations and can be accessed by applications which have been certified by a signing authority. In addition, it supports full encryption and certificate management.
  • Internationalization support: It supports Unicode standard.
  • Client-server architecture: It provides simple and high-efficient inter-process communication. This feature also eases porting of code written for other platforms to Symbian OS.
  • Fully object-oriented and component-based.
  • Optimized memory management.
  • Flexible user interface design.
  • Multi-tasking.
  • A Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL): This layer provides a consistent interface to hardware and supports device in dependency.
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