Nokia Opens Up Symbian

“As of 4th February, the source code of Symbian 3 mobile OS will be offered as a free open source download for anyone wanting to dabble with it.

Nokia, which in 2008 had acquired Symbian and established the independent non-profit Symbian Foundation, has decided to publish the source code under the Eclipse Public License (EPL).

Being the most widely distributed smartphone platform, this event marks the biggest relocation from proprietary to open source software in history.

According to Larry Berkin, head of global alliances for the Symbian Foundation, there are currently 330 million Symbian-based mobile devices in use around the world. Five manufacturers build Symbian devices namely Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsu and Sharp.”

Update (8 Apr 2011): Nokia Closes Symbian



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