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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:18

Nokia takes back control of Symbian

Written by Nick Farell

Just in time for nobody to care about it
Only 18 months after setting up a non-profit foundation to oversee its development, Nokia is taking back control of the Symbian operating system.

From April 2011, Nokian will have control of the OS again in a bid to fight off Google's Android. The Symbian Foundation, which is a consortium of firms that oversees the software, will become a licensing body. Tim Holbrow, executive director of the Symbian Foundation said that the move to Android has been a seismic change in the mobile market. This means that the current governance structure for the Symbian platform does not work.

Nokia paid 264m euros £227m to buy out the other shareholders in Symbian it then then teamed up with AT&T, LG, Motorola, NTT Docomo, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone to set up the Symbian Foundation. The big idea was to open-source the code underlying the software. However Symbian's portion of that market has consistently shrunk and it did not appear to benefit from open sourcing at all.

Recently, the Symbian foundation lost its executive director and firms such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson withdrew their support.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 Adamal 2010-11-09 12:35
+5 #2 leftiszi 2010-11-09 13:55
"Just in time for nobody to care about it "

+3 #3 rundll 2010-11-09 16:01
Are we talking about the by far most popular mobile operating system in the world?

Nobody cares?
+4 #4 yasin 2010-11-09 18:01
if nobody cares, why is it the biggest mobile OS?while they will have their hands full keeping this advantage, im sure with nokia dedicating its resources to the OS it will re-flourish
0 #5 Adamal 2010-11-09 19:14
Nokia have been trying to make it 're-flourish' for a couple of years now. And just because they have the greatest market share at the moment, doesn't mean its going to stay that way! Symbian has just been round for longer.
If anything, Nokia should further progress on Maemo for phones.
+4 #6 Haberlandt 2010-11-09 21:11
Even still, I like Nokia.

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