Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 23:10 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Under an initiative sponsored by the European Commission, the Symbian platform was this week endorsed by the Artemis Joint Technology Initiative and specifically identified as a unique technology that is a vital focus for European-centric mobile software development. As a result, a total investment of over EUR 22 million has been committed to the development of next generation technologies for the Symbian platform. This development project is being led by the Symbian Foundation as part of a consortium of major European technology organisations. The consortium is made up of 24 organisations from 8 European countries, comprising major mobile device manufacturers, hardware and service integration professional services, major consumer electronics companies, mobile network operators, application developers, universities and research institutions."
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Is this necessary?
by ozonehole on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 00:11 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

As someone who owns a Nokia phone with Symbian installed, I'm not really sure if I should be applauding or dismayed.

I'm satisfied with Symbian because my needs are simple. My cheap phone is just a phone, not an Internet device. Symbian provides me with phone and text messaging plus a nice small suite of useful applets (calculator, calendar, FM radio, etc). The phone even has a built-in flashlight (why don't all phones have that?).

If I really want an Internet device or watch MP4 movies, then I'd have to upgrade. But doesn't Android, and possibly Meego, do pretty much everything that this Symbian consortium wants to implement? Is the European Commission's sudden interest in boosting a closed-source system like Symbian really going to benefit companies (other than Nokia) or end-users? I'm not so sure.

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RE: Is this necessary?
by google_ninja on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 00:19 in reply to "Is this necessary?"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

EC policy around technology is horribly infected with NIH syndrome (not invented here).

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RE: Is this necessary?
by satan666 on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 00:38 in reply to "Is this necessary?"
satan666 Member since:
2008-04-18

Is the European Commission's sudden interest in boosting a closed-source system like Symbian really going to benefit companies (other than Nokia) or end-users? I'm not so sure.

The Symbian platform is open source.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbian_platform

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RE[2]: Is this necessary?
by Macrat on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 01:46 in reply to "RE: Is this necessary?"
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27


The Symbian platform is open source.


And has pretty much been dropped by everyone except Nokia.

Open, but single vendor.

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RE[2]: Is this necessary?
by ozonehole on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 06:54 in reply to "RE: Is this necessary?"
ozonehole Member since:
2006-01-07

The Symbian platform is open source.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbian_platform


Thanks, I stand corrected.

But I still think that Android (or maybe Meego) makes more sense. Trying to upgrade Symbian looks like a duplication of effort. Symbian's main value for me, right now, is that it's fine for a simple low-end phone where Android would be overkill.

I guess the EC has too much money to burn.

Edited 2010-11-03 06:55 UTC

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