Nokia and Symbian Foundation announced today that Symbian Foundation will be transitioning to a licensing Operation from April 1st. Nokia is committing to make the future development of the Symbian platform available to the ecosystem via an alternative and open model – but no further details were announced today.
This means that the development of the platform will remain with Nokia and Symbian Foundation will not perform a governance role over the platform.
This is a decision that we welcome and have been advocating Nokia should take such a step for quite some time. While Symbian as a platform has a role to play (albeit with a lot of work to be done on UI) Symbian Foundation failed to thrive as an open source entity driving innovation.
Nokia has been the main contributor to Symbian for quite some time now (aside from the Japanese vendors Sharp and Fujitsu), so this announcement does not represent a change to volume expectations and potential market for developers. We expect that Nokia’s decision to release the platform under a new open model will mainly serve these vendors rather than representing a real alternative to other manufacturers.
This is Nokia following through on one of the comments made by Steven Elop during the earnings call about Nokia taking control of its own destiny and continuing to differentiate its offering. This should allow Nokia to move faster when it comes to innovation.
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