July 27, 2005

Could Nokia drop Symbian for Linux?

"Nokia's practically synonymous with Symbian (they own 47.9% of the company which oversees the mobile OS and release 70% of the Symbian-powered smartphones each year), but the analysts over at ARC think it's no longer inconceivable that Nokia might dump the OS altogether and port its Series 60 interface to Linux (sort of like how PalmSource is porting the Palm OS to Linux). Their evidence? Nokia's decision to license Microsoft's ActiveSync technology directly - even though Symbian had already cut a deal with Redmond - combined with their recent announcement of the 770, a non-cellphone handheld that runs on Linux instead of Symbian..."

Link: smartphonethoughts.com


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