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The company plans to sell its ownership stake in leading smart-phone OS maker Symbian to fellow investors Nokia and Psion, opening it up to working with rival software developers.
Symbian, which makes operating systems for wireless phones, on Wednesday announced that six new semiconductor companies will support its OS. Agilent Technologies, Epson, Parthus, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung and STMicroelectronics will join ARM, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments in integrating the Symbian OS with their chips that use an ARM core, a technology that boosts chip performance. The move, announced at a conference in Cannes, France, is expected to reduce the time it takes to develop mobile phones and get them to market. Symbian's news follows similar announcements from Microsoft on Tuesday. Symbian is an independent company owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Matsushita, Motorola, Psion and Sony Ericsson. Ericsson, Nokia and Psion are already shipping devices using the Symbian OS. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
Ericsson's decision to join Microsoft to develop Net-enabled mobile phones had some fund managers rushing to sell stock in Psion. Psion co-owns OS venture, Symbian, along with Ericsson, Matsushita, Motorola and Nokia, but as Tony Hallett explains, Microsoft playing its mobile Net card is far from game over for Symbian
Psion gained a step forward in its battle to put its software at the heart of more devices when Philips announced a module that provides Internet and messaging 'smart phone' options for users of the Ilium GSM mobile phone. Called Synergy, the product is slated to be available in the April-June quarter this year.
Psion has picked up Philips as a licensee for its EPOC32 handheld operating system.
Psion Software has licensed Java for use in its EPOC32 operating system intended as the heart of forthcoming handhelds, smart phones and other mobile devices. The products will be made by Psion as well as licensed to third-parties.
UK palmtop vendor Psion has taken the first steps towards making its software universal.
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