Symbian’s event Horizon

At the Symbian Exchange & Exposition (SEE) taking place in London this week, mobile OS developer the Symbian Foundation officially launched its application publishing platform – Horizon.

Qualcomm sets out open source unit

US chip shop Qualcomm has caught the open source bug as well, on Monday announcing a separate wholly-owned subsidiary focused on mobile open source platforms.

Adobe brings Flash to mobile, but not iPhone

Software firm Adobe announced plans for a full fledged Flash player for mobile devices on Monday, although there is still no sign of a break in the deadlock between it and Apple.

Symbian pushes into Chinese mobile market

The Symbian Foundation on Wednesday moved to boost the platform’s market share by exploiting the potential of one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets. Under a deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, the Foundation will collaborate on a series of mobile initiatives in China, including a focus on the locally developed 3G standard, TD-SCDMA.

Lee Williams, executive director, Symbian Foundation

By far the most popular mobile OS in terms of units shipped—primarily because of Nokia’s market dominance—Symbian is moving into a new phase. Lee Williams is tasked with overseeing this evolution, and ensuring that the new, open source Symbian platform doesn’t lose market share to Apple, Android and RIM.

Symbian accidentally certifies worm

The Symbian Foundation has been left with egg on its face after accidentally sanctioning what experts are calling the first text message worm in history.

Symbian to play application middle man

The Symbian Foundation announced an application publishing programme on Thursday afternoon that will see it attempt to bridge the gap between developers and application stores. Dubbed Symbian Horizon, the new initiative was described by Symbian’s Sean Puckrin, who is leading the programme, as equivalent to a record label in the music business.

Smartphones sales buck credit crunch trend

Throughout 2009, smartphones are expected to buck the downward trend that has beset the rest of the handset market as the majority of consumers cut spending in the face of the global economic downturn.

Symbian Foundation opens up

Mobile operating system developer the Symbian Foundation officially opened its doors this week, making a beta version of its web site available to members of the Symbian community.

Gadget makers to find refuge in smartphone sales

Despite the global slowdown in consumer spending, handset vendors are expected to reap the benefits of growth in the smartphone segment, with sales of high end handsets on an upward curve over the next five years.

Symbian revamps developer network

Mobile OS developer Symbian, which was recently acquired by Nokia, launched a new partner program on Monday in a bid to stimulate development on the platform. Symbian Partner Network (SPN) is intended to enable members of the Symbian ecosystem to develop and collaborate more closely on the platform. As part of its reveamp of the […]

Symbian goes open source; takes fight to Google, Apple, Microsoft

Finnish handset vendor Nokia made what appears to be a reactionary move on Tuesday morning, buying up the rest of Symbian and uniting it with S60, UIQ and MOAP. In what some see as a long anticipated move, the world’s biggest handset vendor snapped up the remaining 52.1 per cent of Symbian that it didn’t […]

Symbian shifts 18.5 million units

Smartphone operating system developer Symbian on Tuesday reported a 16.5 per cent year on year increase in unit shipments, with 18.5 million Symbian devices sold in the first quarter. Revenues also climbed slightly from $41.3m in the first quarter to 2007 to $43.5m in 2008, with 206 million cumulative Symbian OS shipments across 235 different […]

Windows poised to conquer enterprise space

Microsoft Windows Mobile is poised to win high end enterprise customers from Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and the Symbian platform, according to a report from consulting firm BRC.BRC believes that Microsoft’s edge in the enterprise space will be enhanced by the number of tools available for extending corporate applications to mobiles. This is likely to […]

126 mil. Symbian units now shipped

During the first quarter, Symbian licensees shipped 15.9 million devices based on the operating system, bringing the cumulative total shipments to 126 million. On Wednesday, Symbian said that 14 new smartphone models began shipping during the quarter, of which 12 models were 3G enabled and eight models were for the Japanese market. The company also […]

100 million S60 devices shifted

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said Wednesday that 100 million Symbian S60 devices have been shipped by licensees to date. “This announcement represents a significant landmark for S60. We believe it inspires further innovation on S60. The open platform gives mobile users more choice and provides a platform upon which new applications and services can be […]

Symbian passes 100 million milestone

UK-based mobile operating system developer Symbian said Thursday that 100 million Symbian smartphones have now been shipped to over 250 network operators worldwide. Handset vendors shifted 13 million Symbian smartphone units in the third quarter, up 52 per cent from 8.5 million a year ago. Symbian-based devices are now available on over 100 different handset […]


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