Nokia announced that they have made Symbian platform open now.
Earlier the source code was available from the Symbian Foundation to a certain level . But after the closure of Symbian Foundation it was stopped for some time. This announcement has been creating some pleasant waves among the Symbian community and developers .
“As we committed when we launched this blog, Nokia is making the latest version of the Symbian platform’s source code available to our platform development partners. We are excited about the completion of the transfer period, during which code delivery from the Symbian Foundation has now been replaced by an open and direct model from Nokia.
As Nokia announced in February, our plan is for Windows Phone to be our primary smartphone strategy. While Nokia and Microsoft are working on a definitive agreement between the two companies and we have begun working on product collaboration, Nokia plans to ship at least 150 million Symbian smartphones and to continue deliver innovation and software updates to the platform. To achieve all of this, we need the collaboration with our platform development partners and continue to value an open way of working.” Nokia
“"We have been working hard to turn most Symbian Foundation era materials into the new framework – for example, checking ownerships and use of rights for masses of documents – and are proud to announce that almost all of the source code is now uploaded to collab.symbian.nokia.com. The few remaining source files, tools and documents will be uploaded over the next few weeks."-Nokia
What are the benefits of an open Symbian Platform for you and me ?
- Since the source code of the Operating System is available for every one ,there are chances to get more innovative new UI versions.
- Ie : If you are aware of Android OS ,you might have heard about the big number of custom firmware available online for free ,now we too have the opportunity to get new custom firmware to our existing devices.
- More individuals and Companies may take interest in developing the Symbian OS further
- This step can give some new life to the fading Symbian OS and we may get new devices with new Symbian OS from some other companies than Nokia .
And how do you feel about this announcement? will you just want to switch to Nokia-Microsoft phone(Windows phone 7) or want to see some new, innovative Symbian powered Phone soon ?