Symbian Now 100 Percent Open Source : Too Little, Too Late?

News that Symbian, the world's most popular mobile platform, has been released as an open source product, has been met with mixed reactions partly because it took Nokia so long to commit Symbian to the open source community.

Trustedreviews.com sums up the mood saying that "it is hard to really get enthused about news which may just have come a little too late... ".

Nokia acquired Symbian back in June 2008 for $410 million before saying that it would be open sourced in October 2008 through a not-for-profit organisation called Symbian Foundation.

The problem is that the open sourcing process has only been completed now, ahead of the two-year window initially announced but, over the past 20 months, quite a lot has happened that is threatening to rock the very foundations of Symbian.

Android is now fully operational with many, many handsets promised for this year, with some of Symbian historic partners like Motorola, rumoured since October 2008 to be focusing on the Android Platform.

Nokia, the manufacturer that help make of Symbian, the dominating platform of the web has itself quietly started to distance itself from it.

The world's largest mobile phone manufacturer has already launched its first smartphone - the N900 - that uses Maemo, a linux based mobile operating system.

Furthermore, it has also announced a long ranging partnership with Intel which might bring onboard chips from the largest semiconductor company as well as Moblin, Intel's own mobile platform.

Our Comments

This means that Nokia could well merge Maemo with Moblin in a distant future and come up with something that could potentially replace Windows and Symbian and give a hard time to Android and iPhone OS. Intel and Nokia are a formidable partnership that could fuse the mobile and the desktop market.

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