Last month, I wrote about Nokia's decision to open source the Symbian mobile platform, and I speculated that the decision was motivated in large part by Nokia's desire to better compete with the likes of Google's Android and the Linux Mobile Foundation.
Nokia strategy VP John Forsyth told O'Reilly Open Source Convention attendees that the main driver for sending Symbian into the open was a need for more efficient research and development. InfoWorld reports:
Explaining research and development efficiency problems, Forsyth said that currently, engineering efforts get duplicated by phone manufacturers. Also, there is no mobile-specific open-source community, which is what Symbian plans to offer...Another motivating factor for Symbian is that users do not want a single-source technology provider, he said.
To that end, those that develop OpenSymbian will do so transparently, with independent technical expertise. The story says Symbian will be available under an Eclipse license sometime in 2009 or 2010.