Symbian, the open operating system


Symbian OS is an advanced, open operating system licensed by the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers including: Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic, Motorola and LG. A total of 165 million Symbian smartphones have shipped as of Q3 2007. This is in large part due to their developer support and ease of customization.

Nokia is the #1 mobile phone manufacturer in the world and have been the dominant force for some time now, this is no small part due to them being dedicated to the Symbian operating system. This partnership has paid off with a record sales year and in particular with the launch of the Nokia N82, which some believe is the finest mobile phone ever produced. Their entire N and E series product lines make great use of this software which totals 22 models, not even including the tablet series.


Recently at CES Symbian was all over the place most notably in soon to be launched Motorola’s Z10 which has HSDPA, Symbian UIQ and 3.5G technology 3.2 megapixel camera, Superfast burst mode delivers 3 shots per second 2.2” , a QVGA display for 30 frames per second video playback, Storyboard editing allows for combination of multiple videos and the addition of soundtrack,commentary and visual effects.

Symbian defines what is cutting edge in the mobile phone industry and with the likes of the Nokia N77 TV phone just around the corner they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.