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Nokia supports Symbian amid foundation change

Posted: 23 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Nokia Corp. has reaffirmed its commitment to the Symbian platform in response to the Symbian Foundation's announcement that it is limiting its activities to its licensing operation.

Nokia said it plans to continue to invest its own resources in developing Symbian, the world's most widely used smart phone OS and software platform, and expects to conditnue delivering a strong portfolio of Symbian-based smart phones to people around the world.

"The future of Symbian as a platform does not depend on the existence of the foundation," said Jo Harlow, senior VP for smart phones, Nokia. "The changes announced by the foundation have no impact on Nokia's Symbian device roadmaps or shipping commitments. The platform powers hundreds of millions of smart phonesincluding our ownand we expect to deliver ongoing support and innovation benefiting the Symbian ecosystem in the future."

Nokia is focusing on Qt as its sole application development framework, an approach that is expected to bring efficiency and speed of evolution to the Symbian platform. This approach is aimed at ensuring compatibility for apps with future Symbian platform versions, and enables more frequent updates and upgrades for Nokia smart phones.

To take advantage of the opportunity, application developers can find tools and support through Forum Nokia, and they can distribute apps to Nokia's broad base of smart phones through the Ovi Store.

Nokia smart phones based on the new Symbian platform include the Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and the new Nokia C6-01 which are available now, as well as the upcoming Nokia E7 which is expected to ship before the end of 2010. Nokia expects to sell more than 50 million Symbian^3-based devices.

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