LONDON, UK; June 24, 2008 — Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS™, S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) to create one open mobile software platform. Together with AT&T, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone they plan to establish the Symbian Foundation to extend the appeal of this unified software platform. Membership of this non-profit Foundation will be open to all organizations. This initiative is supported by current shareholders and management of Symbian Limited, who have been actively involved in its development. Plans for the Foundation have already received wide support from other industry leaders.
A new platform is then to be formed from Symbian OS and S60 with selected UIQ and MOAP(S) technologies integrated.
The first release of the unified Symbian Foundation platform is expected to be available during 2009. The platform will offer the means to build a complete mobile device while providing the tools to differentiate devices through tailoring of the user experience, applications and services. This will enable device manufacturers to create unique devices, based on a consistent and common platform, providing fuel and scale for the innovation of others.
A. Nokia to acquire Symbian Limited with closure expected during the second half of 2008, subject to customary closing conditions, including competition authority approvals. After the closing, all Symbian employees will become Nokia employees. Nokia will then contribute Symbian OS to the foundation through broad initial contribution license.
B. Independent non-profit Symbian Foundation established, during the first half of 2009, to steer the joint development of software platform with Symbian, S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) assets contributed and merged to one platform.
C. Symbian Foundation launched with all assets made available a royalty-free license to all foundation members – expected launch during the first half of 2009.
D. First complete unified Symbian Foundation platform release is expected to be available during the first half of 2010 to all foundation members.
E. Platform assets made available as open source gradually over the next 2 years, with the intent to use the Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0, making the platform code available to all for free.