Symbian maintains growing interest

Device manufacturers, software and service providers lend added support for foundation

The Symbian open mobile platform has been boosted by the news that it has attracted the support of an increased number of device manufacturers, software and service providers

The foundation has revealed that it has attracted the support of a number of new members, specifically Acrodea, Brycen, HI Corporation, Ixonos, KTF, Opera Software, Sharp, TapRoot Systems and UIQ Technology.

By the end of 2008, the Symbian Foundation will be acquired by Nokia and software assets will be contributed to the foundation. These will include 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.

The Foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified foundation release expected in 2009 and the platform will likely be available in open source by June 2010.

In that last three months, ,40 companies have confirmed commitment to the initiative in addition to founding members AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone.

"The mobile phone industry is a very dynamic industry that continues to evolve and develop" said Mats Lindoff, Sony Ericsson Chief Technology Officer, on behalf of the initial board members. "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."

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