It seems that SPB Software have not forgotten about the Symbian OS and have finally released an update of SPB Shell 3D from version 1.1 to 1.2 on 15 December 2011. New features include:
- Symbian Belle support
- “Show Native Homescreen” option
- Call log widget
- Music player widget
- Nokia widgets support
- Fixed bug with repeated activation
- Automatic update of Shell 3D
- Better system integration
- Other improvements and bug fixes.
To download the current version of SPB Shell 3D, click here. The update is free to those who purchased version 1.1. Install version 1.2 over the existing 1.1 version and there is no need to re-register the update. For more information, click here.
I am very pleased to see SPB have addressed the annoying repeated activation bug. If the Shell 3D interface was not exited properly (i.e. battery went flat, phone required rebooting, etc.), Shell 3D required re-activation on startup.
The Call Log widget is a welcome addition, but frankly should have been released in the first version (v1.1). The Music Player widget works well, with two buttons to select the Next or Previous track as well as a Play/Pause button.
The new Show Native Homescreen option is also useful. This option is activated with a long press on a blank portion of any panel (i.e. long press on the actual wallpaper). However, a widget version would be much better. Ideally, the native homescreen should be incorporated as a panel.