11/8/2010 4:37:00 PM
Nokia to continue investing in Symbian despite changes
Nokia has announced that it will continue to invest in the Symbian platform despite changes made to the Symbian Foundation today (8 November).
The Symbian Foundation will become responsible for the licensing of software and intellectual property, but will remain a non-profit organisation, it announced today.
The organisation will not have any permanent employees and will be managed by a group of non-executive directors from other companies.
Nokia has reaffirmed its commitment to the platform. The manufacturer recently decided to focus on Qt as its sole application development framework, which it claims will ‘lead to greater efficiency and speed of evolution to the Symbian platform’.
Symbian Foundation executive director Tim Holbrook said: ‘There has since been a seismic change in the mobile market but also more generally in the economy, which has led to a change in focus for some of our funding board members. The result of this is that the current governance structure for the Symbian platform – the foundation - is no longer appropriate.’
Nokia senior VP of smartphone Jo Harlow said the changes have no impact on Nokia’s Symbian device roadmaps or shipping commitments.
In a blog on Nokia’s website, Harlow said: ‘Make no mistake, Nokia chooses Symbian.
‘Do not confuse the end of the Foundation with the end of the Symbian platform. The Foundation has been very important in steering the platform through increasingly challenging waters, but the Foundation and the platform are not the same. Nokia has no intention to change the plans announced on the 21st October to continue to develop and evolve Symbian.
‘Nokia believes in Symbian because we know that it is the only platform capable of serving our global audience with a range of devices carrying locally relevant content and services. We also believe that decisions were needed to make Symbian more competitive and attractive to developers.
‘That’s why we announced we would focus on Qt and Qt Quick for application development. Qt is itself a thriving open source framework and already a firm favourite with many developers because of its ability to accelerate the development of rich, visual applications.’