Now, the Symbian operating system (OS) that is worth billions of U.S. dollars, was opened for free. Symbian Foundation is already planning this since last year, and now Symbian has truly become an open source operating system. So that everyone can take advantage of the open code and modify the platform.
This step is taken to attract more developers are working on this system to assist the development of the Symbian platform forward. There are more than 330 million Symbian-based phones circulating in the world. After this, the increase is expected to boost innovation in this platform.
Not only that, this step is expected to strengthen back Symbian position, and able to compete with Google's Android and Apple iPhone. Symbian Foundation consists of several parties, including Alcatel, AT & T, LG, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and Vodafone. Symbian Foundation will continue monitoring the mobile phones that take advantage of this platform to ensure they meet minimum standards.
Symbian development is still dominated by Nokia. But with the opening of this operating system code, Symbian foundation hopes, it will be increasingly reduced to a "no more than 50 percent" until mid-2011.