Nokia Closes Symbian Purchase, Moves Forward on Foundation

Lora Bentley

Nokia has closed its acquisition of mobile operating system maker Symbian, according to a BetaNews report. Writer Jacqueline Emigh says this brings the company one step closer to launching the Symbian Foundation, which will, in turn, help boost the newly open sourced mobile OS onto level ground with the likes of Google's Android and the LiMo Foundation's work.


Foundation members, which already include the likes of AT&T, Vodafone, Sony Ericsson and Motorola, plan to "fuse together" the Symbian OS's three user interface layers and then make the code available under the Eclipse Public License. A foundation white paper explains:

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.

The story also notes that Symbian employees will become Nokia employees as of Feb. 1.

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