More Companies Back Symbian Foundation
July 10, 2008
July 10, 2008 – The initial board members of the Symbian Foundation have welcomed continuing support from mobile industry leaders for their plans for the Symbian Foundation and the evolution of Symbian OS™ as the leading, open platform for mobile innovation.
Plans for the Symbian Foundation were announced on June 24, 2008 by the initial board members; AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone, together with Symbian Limited. An additional 11 organizations supported the announcement on that day; today 9 further companies are confirming their endorsement of plans for the Symbian Foundation, including mobile operators 3, América Móvil and TIM, semiconductor manufacturer Marvell plus services and software providers Aplix, EB, EMCC Software, Sasken and TietoEnator.
Since plans for the Symbian Foundation were announced, more than 150 organizations have registered their interest in joining via the website at www.symbianfoundation.org.
As previously announced, the plans for the establishment of the Symbian Foundation and royalty-free licensing of foundation software are:
- The acquisition of Symbian Limited by Nokia, expected to close in Q4, 2008.
- Software assets are contributed to the foundation, including 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, expected 1H 2009.
- The Foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified foundation release expected in 2009.
- The foundation will make the platform available in open source by June 2010 (two years from the Symbian Foundation announcement)
Source : Symbian Foundation