Symbian's success story in Japan continues with the launch of the 50th handset to feature their MOAP platform and interface. The FOMA D903iTV is made by Mitsubishi and is available immediately. The Symbian press release follows.
What a busy time (but perhaps an appropriate one) to divulge a mass of stats from the smartphone world. Canalys' latest report shows that 64 million smartphones shipped worldwide in 2006. Symbian's world market share was up to 67%, of which Nokia accounted for 50% and Sony Ericsson 5%.
NTT DoCoMo, Renesas, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Sharp, and Sony Ericsson today announced that they plan to jointly develop a next-generation mobile phone platform based on the SH-Mobile G3, a single-chip system solution for mobile devices. The platform will include software for basic operations and an advanced OS (such as Symbian). In addition to the Japanese market Renesas also plans to make the platform available to the worldwide WCDMA market.
NTT DoCoMo started shipping the D703i (Mitsubishi) and the F703i (Fujitsu) phones yesterday. The phones run on MOAP on Symbian and are only available on NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network in Japan. They take the total number of phone models based on Symbian OS shipping in Japan to 47 .
The D800iDS from Mitsubishi is the worlds first dual internal screen clamshell. It is for the Japanese market and runs on NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network. The phone has two screens - a normal QVGA screen on the upper half, a QVGA touch panel display on the bottom half of the phone (reminiscent of the Nintendo DS). The touch panel is used to control the phone with on screen buttons and controls.
NTT DoCoMo recently announced its latest series of phones, among the 10 announced are 6 phone powered by MOAP on Symbian OS (the others are MOAP on Linux). They include the D703i (Mitsubishi), F703i (Fujitsu), SH703i (Sharp), SO703i (Sony Ericsson), D800iDS (Mitsubishi) and SO903iTV (Sony Ericsson). The NTT DoCoMo phones continue to push the boundaries, this sets includes phones that are waterproof (F703i), with dual internal screens (D800iDS) and a BRAVIA branded TV phone (SO903iTV).
NTT DoCoMo recently announced its new 903i range of 3G FOMA phones. Seven out eleven run on Symbian OS, the D703i, F903i, SH903i, SO903i, D903iTV, SH903iTV and F903iX. New to the 903i series is out of the box support for the WMA format for music (inlcuding DRM), support for DoCoMo's DCMX™ mobile credit card and IC cards with triple the storage of conventional cards. Some of the handsets support the new Keitai-Osagashi Service (GPS) service which adds an additional range of location based services.
Simon Judge is reporting on his blog that some operators (Vodafone Japan) are locking down S60 3rd Edition handsets so that only Symbian Signed applications can be installed. This means that self-signed applications can not be installed.
NTT DoCoMo recently announced 8 new phones for its 902 range. Five of these phones are Symbian powered MOAP phones. The D902iS (Mitsubishi), F902iS (Fujitsu), SH902iS (Sharp), SO902iWP+ (Sony Ericsson), and DOLCE SL [SH902iSL] (Sharp) are top of the range handsets for the Japanese market. Read on for more.
Canalys has released it's latest set of figures for the global smart mobile device in Q1 2006. Shipments up are 55% year on year with Nokia increasing its global market share to 54% with 8.6 million devices sold. This, together with strong performances from Mitsubishi and Sharp (4th and 5th in global sales respectively), gives Symbian its highest ever market share at 69%, with Microsoft second at 12%. Additionally the Asia-Pacific market has over taken the EMEA market in smart mobile device shipments.
NTT DoCoMo customes can now pick up the FOMA powered F901ic, making this the seventh Fujitsu powered phone in the Far East. Vodafone KK are also starting to ship the 702NK, which is a rebadged Nokia 6630. More details from Symbian.
Symbian today announced that Fujitsu Limited and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation are exploring a joint collaboration to develop new FOMA mobile handsets running Symbian OS for NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Full press release in comments.