If you recall that the Symbian Foundation closed down last month, then you will also remember that Nokia said that they will continue to develop and evolve Symbian. Well, the first steps in that direction have been taken. A brand new symbian.nokia.com page is up on the Nokia website proclaiming that it will be ‘…the channel for technology and business ecosystem members to find further news and information on our progress towards the new Symbian’.
So there you have it, going forward Nokia will refer to Symbian^3+ as the ‘New Symbian’ and use the brand new page for keeping the world apprised of the progress being made on the Symbian front. They also plan on making the platform source code of future incrementally improved Symbian releases available to the Symbian technology and business ecosystem come Q1 2011.
Petra Söderling, Head of Open Source operations, Symbian Smartphones, Nokia goes onto say that, ‘During the first quarter of 2011, Nokia will review the existing platform documentation, wiki content, and platform development tools and publish relevant ones through this website. Until then, the Symbian Foundation will deliver historical information and the existing open source platform code via an FTP server until March 31, 2011’.
When the Symbian Foundation shut down, Jo Harlow, SVP, Smartphones for Nokia, had said ‘Make no mistake, Nokia chooses Symbian’. They have already outlined plans for 50+ improvements to Symbian^3 and it will be interesting see how the renewed focus helps in cutting down development timelines.
Hat tip to @jukkaeklund.