The world's most widely used smartphone platform is not the iPhone OS, but rather the Symbian mobile operating system. Today the Symbian Foundation, which is backed by Nokia, announced that the Symbian OS is now fully open source. According to The Register, the platform is under the Eclipse license. Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams said the following in a statement:
The development community is now empowered to shape the future of the mobile industry, and rapid innovation on a global scale will be the result.
Symbian software has approximately 330 million users around the globe, The Washington Post reports. Symbian officials hope the move to open source drives innovation and helps the platform defend against the growing challenges from the likes of the iPhone and Android.