At the Mobile World Congress, the Symbian Foundation has officially launched Symbian^3, the first build of the platform to be completely open source. Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation said in a statement:
Symbian 3 is another huge milestone in the evolution of our platform. Now that it is fully open source, the door is open to individual contributors, device creators and third-party developer companies, as well as other organizations, to create more compelling products and services than ever before. We have enjoyed significant momentum since we completed Symbian 2, with companies including Sun, Nokia, Ixonos, Comarch and Accenture, among others, contributing to Symbian 3. We are now looking to build on this momentum and remain on course to complete Symbian 4 later this year.
Symbian^3, which is expected to be feature complete by the end of the first quarter, will include usability and interface advances, support for high-speed networks, 2D and 3D graphics acceleration and HDMI video support, according to eWEEK.
Om Malik, writing for GigaOM, remains skeptical of the company's claims until he gets a first-hand chance to use the operating system. Malik says Symbian^3 appears to be attempting to play catchup with the iPhone OS.