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Symbian Handed 22 Million Euro Lifeline By EC

The dying Symbian platform has received millions of Euros in funding from a technology alliance backed by the European Commission.

The Artemis Joint Technology Initiative has matched the 11 million Euro donation from the EC in a bid to save the operating system that has been deserted by its industry backers in favour of Google's Android and other OSs.

The funding will go into the development of next generation devices and technologies for the Symbian mobile operating system platform.

The development of the platform will be headed by The Symbian Foundation and 24 organisations from 8 European countries, that form the SYMBEOSE consortium, which stands for 'Symbian – the Embedded Operating System for Europe'.

According to the foundation, the EC believes that the operating system is vital to the development of mobile technology in Europe.

Richard Collins, technology manager for the Symbian Foundation, said in a blog post that “Broadly speaking, the proposed advances to the Symbian platform will focus on radically improving the basis for new device creation on Symbian.”