Nokia Symbian deal shows Google on right track

Nokia Symbian deal shows Google on right track

Summary: It seems clear that, by placing the most popular mobile designs into an open source foundation, the basic strategy underlying both Google Android and the LiMo Foundation has been validated.

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Nokia logoNokia has bought the rest of Symbian, which made the software for its phones, then placed it all into a new open source foundation.

The deal is valued at $410 million.

The move leaves Apple and RIM as the only major proprietary mobile platforms. And no, they don't have all the market share, because Symbian also made the software used by Sony-Ericsson, Samsung and Motorola phones.

Nokia had owned 48% of Symbian, which is based in the UK, and the other major hardware makers owned the rest.

The foundation will control a number of popular mobile technologies -- the S60 push-button interface, Sony-Ericsson's UIQ for pens, and DoCoMo's MOAP for Japan.

Membership in the foundation will cost $1,500, and it will have to sell services to those members in order to have any kind of budget. A news conference is currently taking place.

It seems clear that, by placing the most popular mobile designs into an open source foundation, the basic strategy underlying both Google Android and the LiMo Foundation has been validated.

Combine this with yesterday's Google delays, however, and it's also clear that carriers have the whip hand in mobile device development. Regardless of operating system or busness model.

Topics: Mobility, Google, Nokia

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  • I would add Microsoft as another of the mayor propietary platforms...

    I think Windows Mobile should also be considered as a "mayor" propietary platform... It is what our company is using to develop mobile applictations for our sales force.
    Roque Mocan
    • I think you mean major

      I have yet to see a Windows Mobile device with anything like the sophistication or capability of the iPhone. But you are right. They should be included.

      These are early days in this market.
      DanaBlankenhorn
      • HTC Devices?

        Apple shill?
        PMC-CON
  • RE: Nokia Symbian deal shows Google on right track

    Hey Dana,

    So a 2.5G iPhone is more sophisticated than an HTC? The point Roque made has nothing to do with sophistication, but market share. And considering that, Windows Mobile has a significant market share to count among major OSes. From the sales figures of Q4 '07 (slightly dated), WinMo still was number 2 worldwide:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone#Comparison_table
    archnova
  • The "right track" is a soft target.

    I hate stories like this that attempt to quantify what a business should be doing. Next week will be different. Maybe a little different. Maybe a LOT different.

    IMHO, as long as Google is making money, who cares?
    Narg
  • RE: Nokia Symbian deal shows Google on right track

    Nokia is the best choice, all mobile services and Menus can be easly managed and fully controlled.
    Symbian is hihly prefered than others.
    Regards,
    Mohamed Kanani
    shomaaa@...