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9/21/2007
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Eric Ogren
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Threaded SMS Comes To Symbian S60

If you've ever used a Palm Treo or iPhone, you might agree that one of the best features is threaded SMS. Long missing from Nokia devices, S60 developers have finally kicked out a threaded SMS program called Conversations. The beta is free to download starting today.

If you've ever used a Palm Treo or iPhone, you might agree that one of the best features is threaded SMS. Long missing from Nokia devices, S60 developers have finally kicked out a threaded SMS program called Conversations. The beta is free to download starting today.Do I hear an "Amen!" from the S60 faithful? As much as I like using the S60 platform, Palm flat-out spoiled me with its threaded SMS application. Threaded SMS, which resembles an ongoing IM conversation, is simply how SMS is meant to work. In both Palm's and Apple's versions of threaded SMS, all the messages sent to and from each contact are grouped together in a single place. This lets you reference parts of the conversation at any time without hopping back and forth to the inbox. Nokia S60 devices have not had this capability...until now.

The application, called Conversations, is available for download from the Nokia Beta Labs Web site. While it is not a final release, even having a semi-workable beta application is better than nothing.

In order to get it to work, you have to take several steps. First, update your S60 3rd Edition E Series or N Series device's firmware to the latest version. Once that is complete, there are two separate downloads for the Conversations app that must be installed in a specific order. After they are installed, the application shows up as a shortcut in the application folder. It appears that the application runs independent of the actual messaging center, so if you want to view your conversations threaded, you have to open up the application.

According to initial user reviews and comments, it has some pros and cons. I would expect Nokia's developers will listen to all beta tester feedback and attempt to make fixes to the software for the full release.

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