It's clear that Symbian is still moving forward strongly, and the drop in income and handset royalties is expected as Symbian gains popularity and market share. Of course the royalty issue is something that the Symbian Foundation won't have to deal with when the OS goes Open Source, and part of me thinks that if the income from the handsets continues to drop then the impact of going open source in terms of lost licence revenue is not going to be as drastic as once thought. There is growth in the income derived from consulting, from £2.6 million in Q2 2007 to £4.2 million in Q2 2008.
Symbian's CEO, Nigel Clifford commented:
In ten years we've achieved an enormous amount. Together with our customers we have invented, built and continue to lead the smartphone market. We are particularly pleased that our customers have reported that Symbian mobile phones are strong contributors to their financial performance and that each of our licensees has shipped at least one new Symbian mobile phone model since the beginning of 2008.
The report also notes the intention to form the Symbian Foundation, and the upcoming Symbian Smartphone Show in London on the 21st and 22nd of October. The full report can be read here.