Panasonic looks set to focus its effort around the Linux operating system rather than the Symbian OS. In a recent press release Matsushita announced they would be reorganising global R&D. It is accelerating development of the Linux OS, and closing the US R&D office where Panasonic's Symbian development took place. Read on for more and a status check on Symbian and S60.
Jamdat, in under 6 years has gone from start-up to selling to Electronic Arts for $680 million US. Along with the Tetris Mobile licence, EA have also picked up the recently completed Doom RPG, Bejewelled and of course all the EA licenced games Jamat have been working on. From a wap version of scissors paper stone, to the number one publisher in the USA with 40% of the market, the boys have done well.
When you hear about multi-million dollar gaming licences and massive global hits, it's hard to forget that there are hundreds of coders out there every day who get picked up by the mobile networks and showcased in their catalogues. It's the new 'mark of excellence' in a sense, and Irish Developer BitRabbit is slowly making a name with their arcade games Yukiko and Atomanix. The later has been picked up by Swisscom, who are following Orange UK's in signing up these titles for OTA distribution.
Reading between the lines of various posts around the Internet and scanning the very helpful FCC-hosted user manual, it seems that the Nokia 9300i 'smartphone' is only a couple of days away, with clever money being for an announcement on Monday. Main changes are Wi-Fi (of course, including 802.11g), 1100mAh battery, predictive text input on the cover phone and a rich Instant Messaging client. More details as and when Nokia make things official.
Telcogames have been slowly making moves into the Symbian market, but that's about to change with their accquisition of Magic Productions. Magic, the company behind ports of Qwak and Another World, are strong in the 16-bit conversion market. These titles, which have great name recognition in carrier portals, are in the market now, with the recently launched Cannon Fodder and Nebulus following that tradition.
Ewan interviews Chia-Lin Simmons from Audible about their plans for spoken word audio content in the Symbian world. Here's the interview. Summary: all very polished, but as with ROK TV, you might want to wait for unlimited GPRS tariffs before subscribing.
The quarterly figures from Symbian, Ltd have ben released today and show a steady growth in pretty much every area. 8.54 million Symbian handsets shipped in Q3 of 2005, 60 different Symbian powered devices, 4500 applications available and 11 licencees developing handsets. But the headline number everyone should start paying attention to is the installed user base, now standing at 48 million Symbian OS users. Which is probably a number the Microsoft Windows team would love to be closer to than an order of magnitude.
As noted by SymbianOne it looks like the Series 60 brand may bet getting a face lift. Series60.com is showing off this new brand, with a new logo, and references to S60. There is a new bolder colour scheme (very bold compared to the old blue highlights). The Series60.com website can now also be reached via S60.com.
According to the latest (Q3) figures from Canalys, Nokia shipped over seven million Series 60 and Series 80 smartphones in the recently finished quarter, with over half the worldwide PDA/Smartphone market. Sales of standalone PDAs declined markedly again and Sony Ericsson's nowhere to be seen, though that should change when the P990 starts to become available.
Mobile Innovation, a leading technology consultant and integrator for the Symbian OS, has been acquired by Macromedia. Mobile Innovation have been directly or indirectly involved with many of the Series 60, Series 90 and UIQ smartphones currently on the market.
UIQ has announced the availability of the first public software development kit (SDK) for UIQ 3. This announcement conincides with Sony Ericsson's announcement of the P990 (which will be the first UIQ 3 phone to the market). A public download will be available on October 26th, but the first 500 people to sign up for UIQ's new development program, at UIQ booth at the Smartpone Show, will obtain a preview copy.