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Symbian: The world's most popular smartphone OS, now 100% open
Symbian maintains the code for an open source software platform based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, and Sony Ericsson, including the S60 and MOAP(S) user interfaces.
Today Symbian Foundation announced that they've made source code for the entire Symbian platform available to everyone, free of charge. This comes four months ahead of schedule. What does this mean? Well for one, similar to Android we should soon start to see Symbian-powered devices from different manufacturers such as Samsung , Huawei and Sony Ericsson.
View the full press release or our blog for more information.
The one thing I am not sure about is the "The world's most popular smartphone OS"
But I am really glad it's open source now.
This isn't the case in the US, but world view.
Symbian has nearly as much market share as the rest of its competitors combined, with more than 330 million Symbian smartphones in use.
I hope RIM takes advantage of this
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I'm hoping in future it works out and helps raise the bar for ALL platforms Android, Blackberry, iPhone, WM, Palm, etc.
I think they saw the writing on the wall. Think about it? They have been number one world wide for a very long time. Android OS has changed things for everyone. I really don't think they had a choice.
Smart move by Symbian. Now lets see what everyone can do with it to make it a more rich full features smart phone OS.
Now, that's the challenge. Foresight is the best investment. Lets see what the future brings us!
Originally Posted by hayden
A very significant step Forward!
Change is good, especially if it spurs creativity and progress. More open source options means healthy competition in the industry.