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Symbian Foundation is dead long live Symbian

by Carolina Milanesi  |  November 8, 2010  |  4 Comments

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.


Carolina Milanesi
Research VP
10 years at Gartner
11 years IT industry

Carolina Milanesi is a Research VP in Gartner's Mobile Devices team and agenda manager for mobile devices. Ms. Milanesi leads the research for mobile devices worldwide and is responsible for the forecasting and market share effort in this area. Other areas of coverage are mobile…Read Full Bio

Thoughts on Symbian Foundation is dead long live Symbian

  1. anehra63 says:

    This had to happen.It was becoming quite repitive

  2. FunkySantaClause says:

    Please explain Gartner new 3Q10 Terminal statistics (table1)..!

    In “Worldwide Mobile Terminal Sales to End Users in 3Q09” there is no smartphone makers mentioned, and in 3Q10 there is Apple, RIM and many more that makes only smartphones, why are they in the list now..?

    Is that some new way to low kick Nokia, you cant compare those list and say Nokia´s marketshare is 28.2 prosent..!

    Your list is totally wrong and you know it, fix it..!

  3. Carolina Milanesi says:

    Dear FunkySantaClause thanks for you comment.

    in 3q09 we did actually have RIM at number 6 and Apple at number 7
    HTC was not in the list as they used to do more under operators brand vs their own brand.

  4. FunkySantaClause says:

    3Q09 list:

    Are Apple, RIM. HTC… in “others”..?

    3Q10 list:

    In this list they are mentioned, so they are not in others, but that “others” 137M units cant be right, or if is it, those list cant be compared and calculated marketshares..?

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