Nokia Buys Symbian, Takes the Mobile OS Open-Source
Google and Apple aren’t the only corporate giants intent on shaking up the wireless industry. Nokia announced Monday night that it is acquiring software maker Symbian — the company was already a minority stock holder — and releasing its mobile operating system under an open-source license.
The mobile hardware manufacturer, which uses Symbian software across it’s range of extremely popular S60 devices, is also establishing the Symbian Foundation, a collective of hardware and software companies who have pledged to donate code and resources to Symbian’s development. Phone makers Motorola and Sony Ericsson are on board. Among others, carriers NTT DoCoMo and AT&T and hardware component maker Texas Instruments have pledged support.
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