[AI] Nokia buys Symbian to set the OS free

Jitendra jeet.invincible at gmail.com
Sat Jun 28 09:29:54 EDT 2008

  is leading the charge among mobile phone manufacturers and service 
providers to make the Symbian OS the standard in mobile devices. Nokia, 
who already
owned 48% of Symbian Limited, is buying the remaining shares and will be 
moving the company to a royalty-free licensing model. At the same time 
working with ATT,
Motorola ,
Samsung ,
  Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone to 
establish the Symbian Foundation for the development and distribution of 
the OS.

By getting the backing of so many industry leaders they've virutally 
assured their smart phone OS of choice a place in the market for the 
next few years.
It probably doesn't hurt that it helps established companies at the 
expense of newer competitors like Google's Android. Being an established 
platform and
royalty-free arguably gives them the advantage.

Although a number of companies have already licensed the OS, the only 
company to make much progress in actually deploying it has been Nokia. 
They're hoping
that the establishment of the Symbian Foundation will make it easier for 
other manufacturers to deploy it on a large scale.

"Ten years ago, Symbian was established by far sighted players to offer 
an advanced open operating system and software skills to the whole 
mobile industry,"
said Nigel Clifford, CEO of Symbian. "Our vision is to become the most 
widely used software platform on the planet and indeed today Symbian OS 
leads its
market by any measure. Today's announcement is a bold new step to 
achieve that vision by embracing a complete and proven platform, offered 
in an open way,
designed to stimulate innovation, which is at the heart of everything we 

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