June 24, 2008

Mobile Phone Companies to Unify Symbian Software Platform

Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DoCoMo have announced their intention to unite Symbian OS, S60, UIQ and MOAP-S to create a single open mobile software platform.

Together with AT&T, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone the companies plan to establish the Symbian Foundation to extend the appeal of this unified software platform.

Membership of this non-profit foundation will be open to all organizations. This initiative is supported by current shareholders and management of Symbian. Plans for the foundation have already received wide support from other industry leaders.

To enable the foundation, Nokia has announced plans to acquire the remaining shares of Symbian that Nokia does not already own and then contribute the Symbian and S60 software to the foundation.

Sony Ericsson and Motorola have announced their intention to contribute technology from UIQ and DoCoMo has also indicated its willingness to contribute its MOAP-S assets. From these contributions, the foundation will provide a unified platform with common UI framework. A full platform will be available for all foundation members under a royalty-free license, from the foundation's first day of operations.

The foundation will make selected components available as open source at launch. It will then work to establish a complete mobile software offering available in open source. This will be made available over the next two years and is intended to be released under Eclipse Public License 1.0.

Dick Komiyama, president of Sony Ericsson, said: "The complete, consistent platform that the foundation plans to provide will allow manufacturers to focus on their unique differentiation at a device level."