Symbian Foundation’s David Wood has recently published the release schedule for the upcoming versions of the open-source Symbian platform.
Symbian^2, the first edition of the OS, is based on Symbian S60 5.1 and it will be “functionally complete” in mid 2009, while handsets to run on it should be commercially available as early as the end of this year.
At about the same time (the end of 2009), Symbian^3 will be functionally complete, while devices based on it should be on sale in mid-2010.
There’s a six-month period between a platform’s functionally complete state and its commercial availability – enough for developers to make the platform stable and to fix most of its bugs.
David Wood says there will be 5 platforms under development at a time, following this scheme:
* One release – Symbian^N say (abbreviated to “S^N”) will be in the hardening phase
* Two previous releases will be in the stable phase
* The next release (S^ N+1) will be in feature submission phase
* The one after that (S^ N+2) will be in early builds.
Well, now there’s not much else to do other than wait for Symbian^2 to be released.
Let’s hope there won’t be delays and we’ll see devices based on it before Christmas 2009. The first ones are likely to be Nokia-made, although other Symbian Foundation members (Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG) will probably launch Symbian^2 smartphones this year as well.
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