[Loadstone] slightly OT, nokia buys symbian

Williams Family brian.williams300 at ntlworld.com
Thu Jul 3 13:27:10 BST 2008


Hi all

Don't know if this will be of interest to anyone or how it could effect LS 
future development but I came across this news item this morning.

Nokia buys Symbian, turns software over to Symbian Foundation
Nokia's been in bed with Symbian for many, many years through the 
development of its
S60
 platform--  the world's most populous smartphone platform, -- and they're 
taking that relationship to its endgame today by announcing that
they'll be acquiring the remaining shares of Symbian that they don't already 
own. Here's where it gets interesting, though: rather than taking Symbian's
intellectual private property for Nokia's own benefit, the goods will be 
turned over to the Symbian Foundation, a nonprofit organisation whose sole 
goal will be the advancement
of the Symbian platform in its many flavors. Motorola and Sony Ericsson have 
signed up to contribute
assets, while NTT DoCoMo (which uses Symbian-based wares in a number of its 
phones) will be donating code as well.

Other Symbian Foundation members include Texas Instruments, Vodafone, 
Samsung, LG, and AT&T (yep, the same AT&T that currently sells precisely one 
Symbian-based
phone), so things could get interesting. The move clearly seems to be a 
preemptive strike against Google's
Open Handset Alliance,
LiMo
, and other collaborative efforts forming around the globe with the goal of 
standardizing smartphone operating systems; the writing was on the wall, and
Symbian didn't want to miss the train. Total cash outlay for the move will 
run Nokia roughly ?264 million -- about $410 million in yankee currency.

Update: It's worth noting that the foundation plans to make the entire 
platform available as open source in the next two years -

Brian 



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