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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Nicholas Blachford
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2005-07-06

A government making strategic investments is hardly new or unique. All countries do it, the Russians paid for and eventually built the Elbrus chip, China pays for Godson, The Japanese pay for super computers, the US pours hundreds of billions into technology via supercomputers, military tech and NASA - all which goes directly or indirectly back to industry.

So the EU putting 11€ into Symbian is nothing. (BTW Symbian foundation is only getting 1.4million of this).

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As for the free market making decisions, Symbian is still the No. 1 smartphone OS, and it appears that Nokia plan on putting into a lot more phones in the future, not less.

Keeping Symbian afloat is a good idea anyway, we had a monoculture on the desktop, do you really want another one?

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As for the free market in general, the last couple of years have proven -yet again- that a completely free market is a not a very good idea.

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