Nokia on a buying spree, acquires Symbian

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Symbian OS logoNokia has acquired Symbian (rest of 52%, it doesn’t already own) and has also announced the launch of Symbian Foundation.

Symbian is already the leading open platform for mobile devices. Through this acquisition and the establishment of the Symbian Foundation, it will undisputedly be the most attractive platform for mobile innovation. This will drive the development of new and compelling, web-enabled applications to delight a new generation of consumers – Nokia CEO

Symbian OS is being used by all the leading manufactures like Sony, LG etc and Nokia has received irrevocable undertakings from these companies.

Nokia will push Symbian foundation as an alternative to Google’s Android (the launch is delayed)

The Symbian Foundation platform will be available to members under a royalty-free license from this non-profit foundation. The Symbian Foundation will provide, manage and unify the platform for its members. Also, it will commit to moving the platform to open source during the next two years, with the intent to use the Eclipse Public License.
The platform will be free and open to develop on from the start whether you are enthusiast, web designer, professional developer or service provider. To develop on the platform you will not need to be a member of the foundation. The Symbian Foundation’s developer program will provide a single point of access for developer support; providing a wide offering of tools and resources. [source]

So now there are new mafias in handset world – Google, Nokia and iPhone. Which one do you align to?

Yesterday, Nokia announced Plazes acquisition

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