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Symbian Foundation wins nine new members

Posted: 11 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Symbian OS? Symbian Foundation? open mobile platform?

Plans for the Symbian Foundation and the evolution of Symbian OS open platform for mobile innovation continue to receive strong support with nine new memberships from companies in the mobile ecosystem. According to Symbian, Acrodea, Brycen, HI Corp., Ixonos, KTF, Opera Software, Sharp, TapRoot Systems and UiQ added their endorsement for the planned foundation.

"The mobile phone industry is a very dynamic industry that continues to evolve and develop," said Mats Lindoff, Sony Ericsson chief technology officer. "We are happy to see that so many developers and partners in the industry have expressed their support for the plans for the Symbian Foundation, as this will help drive the next level of innovation needed to deliver new user experiences on mobile phones."

Since June, 40 companies have confirmed commitment to the initiative, including the 10 initial board members: AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone.

"A common platform for user experience, applications and services, with broad industry governance of its development, will provide opportunities to innovate and differentiate and be an excellent step in the evolution of mobile phones," said Johan Sandberg, CEO at UIQ Technology. "We will be happy to contribute to the work of the foundation, based on our extensive Symbian OS experience, understanding of touch technologies and our unique abilities to differentiate and innovate to achieve world class user experience."

The plans for the establishment of the Symbian Foundation and royalty-free licensing of foundation software include the acquisition of Symbian Ltd by Nokia, expected to close in Q4 08, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Under the same roadmap, software assets are contributed to the foundation, including Symbian OS and S60 by Nokia, UIQ technology by Motorola and Sony Ericsson and MOAP(S) by NTT DOCOMO and Fujitsu. This contributed software will be available under a royalty-free license to foundation members from the first day of Symbian Foundation operations, expected 1H 09.

The Foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified foundation release expected in 2009 and to make the platform available in open source by June 2010, two years from the Symbian Foundation announcement.

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