June 25, 2008

Nokia to open source Symbian and start a new revolution

Big mobile players Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO anounced they are all set to open source the Symbian mobile OS. Nokia will buy 52% of Symbian. This acquisition will be the first step in the establishment of the 'Symbian Foundation'. And Nokia will join two other major platforms; Google's Android operating system and Apple's OS X iPhone.

The new foundation will provide unified platform with common UI framework. Initially, they will release selected components as open source and gradually make the complete software open source. The platform is intended to be released under Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0. Nokia had recently acquired Trolltech which also provide a mobile software platform. But now, they will have the most widely used mobile OS unified and taking on Android and iPhone!

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