Nokia gets serious as smartphone war begins

Nokia this morning announced plans to buy mobile phone operating systems maker, Symbian. Nokia’s investment may also be predicated on that company’s need to bring in leading-edge software development skills. Symbian and its developers hold extensive expertise in the mobile phone software development space. It’s interesting to note that with location-sensing technologies set to tke centre stage on launch of the iPhone 3G and devices based on Google’s Android platform, Nokia also purchased the Plazes location-aware social networking service this week.
Nigel Clifford, CEO of Symbian. “Our vision is to become the most widely used software platform on the planet and indeed today Symbian OS leads its market by any measure.”
Also announced this morning was the launch of the Symbian Foundation, which features Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, AT&T, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone Group. All members will be able to use the Symbian OS under a royalty-free license.
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia said: “Nokia is a strong supporter of open platforms and technologies as they give the freedom to build, maintain and evolve applications and services across device segments and offer by far the largest ecosystem, enabling rapid innovation. Today’s announcement is a major milestone in our devices software strategy.”

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