Symbian OS is now free and completely open source

Symbian Foundation’s plans to turn Symbian OS into a completely free, open source platform are known for quite a while now – and Wired has it that Symbian is going open source starting today (four months ahead of schedule), as its source code will be made available to anyone, for free.

The Symbian Foundation (largely owned by Nokia) has yet to officially announce this – but it should do it later today.

The Symbian OS source code will most probably be available via the Symbian Foundation’s official website.

What’s interesting is the declaration of Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, regarding Google’s Android (one of Symbian’s new competitors):

“About a third of the Android code base is open and nothing more. And what is open is a collection of middleware. Everything else is closed or proprietary.”

Unlike Android, says Lee Williams, Symbian will publish its planned features and platform roadmap up to 2011, and “anyone can influence that roadmap or contribute to new features.”

Update: the Symbian Foundation has announced the big news: Symbian is, as of today, open source and free. Anyone can “use and modify the Symbian code for any purpose, whether that be for a mobile device or for something else entirely.” There are 108 packages that contain the Symbian OS source code, and they can be downloaded via the Foundation’s official website.

The Symbian Developer Kit and the Product Development Kit are also available. They’re compatible with Symbian^3 – which will be “feature complete” before the end of the first quarter.

An video highlighting the key features of the open Symbian platform can be watched below:

The Symbian Foundation has published a Symbian roadmap, as well as the main features of Symbian^3 and Symbian^4:

Symbian roadmap schedule 2010 2011

Symbian features 2010 2011

As you can see, the first Symbian^3 phones will be released in the second half of 2010, while the first phones based on Symbian^4 should be out in early 2011.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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