Symbian Ltd now fully belongs to Nokia; Symbian Foundation gets closer to launch
I’ve said a bit earlier that it’s a big day for Nokia, and indeed it is. Not only that the Finnish giant has unveiled its N97 smartphone, a new version of Nokia Maps and the Nokia Messaging service, but it also announced that the acquisition of Symbian Limited is now complete.
As of today, Nokia owns more than 99.9% of Symbian Limited, after paying big bucks to Samsung, Sony Ericsson and the other former shareholders.
This means that the main condition for the launch of Symbian Foundation has been met. In consequence, the first handsets to feature the upcoming open source Symbian platform are on track for 2010, as previously announced.
Major companies, like AT&T, Samsung, LG, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone and many others, will work together for the development of the open source Symbian platform. This being said, I guess we have great things to look forward to in the next few years.