[AI] Nokia buys Symbian to set the OS free
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,
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,
Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone to
establish the Symbian Foundation for the development and distribution of
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
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.
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
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
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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