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SYMBEOSE: EU and major European corporations invest in Symbian

 

SYMBEOSE: Symbian the Embedded Operation System for Europe is a new initiative led by the EU and a number of major European corporations such as Nokia, ST-Ericsson and a host of others, including academic organisations with the major objective of improving the Symbian OS in order to take it above and beyond it’s current iteration and into new devices and use cases. Among these new cases are embedded systems and cloud computing.

 

A few of the objectives mentioned in the press release include Asymmetrical Multi-Processing for the differential use of available processors to better conserve system resources and power consumption. Such a change could see Symbian running on SOC’s like Marvell’s ARMADA 628 while barely sipping battery power. (Symbian already supports Symmetrical Multiprocessing ),  Advanced image processing and video acceleration standards (HDR video? ) and improved developer tools. Part of the motivation for this initiative may stem from the fact that Symbian is the only real competitor in the smartphone space to Android, Windows Phone 7 and iOS. It’s also the only one of these major players that has any origins in the EU. Even more significant is the fact that Symbian and Symbian-related activities account for the employment of ~20,000 people across the EU.

 

As such, these organisations have come together to support the development of the Symbian OS to the tune of 22 million Euros. This “new” initiative is not that significant in terms of the future direction of Symbian OS in the sense that it’s not a replacement or a new direction but the creation of a stronger community of communication, R&D and ideas.

 

More information can be found in the press release and an initiative summary here

 

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  1. Johnson
    November 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    “Part of the motivation for this initiative may stem from the fact that Symbian is the only real competitor in the smartphone space to Android, Windows Phone 7 and iOS. It’s also the only one of these major players that has any origins in the EU.”

    Android is based on Linux. “Linux” as in Linus Torvalds (a Finnish guy). 🙂

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds

    • Dave
      November 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm

      Origins in the EU – Linux is a Unix derivative, which is definitely American in origins.

      • John
        November 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

        Yes the all new Smartphone World (Android, Meego, Maemo) is based on European Engineering – like Johnson said. Could this cause a psychological problem for our American friends? 😉

  2. Georg
    November 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Is there actually a company other than Nokia selling Symbian Smartphones after Samsung and SE left?
    As for the initiative- good luck, the foundation is good and solid, now it remains to be seen if the new Nokia and Symbian managers can make it sexy again.

    • Dave
      November 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      You could argue that Samsung and SE never really tried to sell Symbian handsets in the first place ….

      Other than Nokia, there is – S^2 devices are sold in Japan by NTT Docomo and probably others as well. Some interesting specs as well – waterproof flip phones with 10+ mp cameras …. very interesting. Shame that their incarnation of Symbian is incredibly locked down though.

      • A-S-D
        November 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

        You forgot to mention the 1080p video recording.

    • pkatt
      November 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

      Fijutsu and Sharp are still there beside Nokia and some smaller asian companies.

  3. Citizen
    November 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    It’s quite obvious the EU wants to prevent an Android future, especially considering Google’s ties to several governments.

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