Motorola have been a member and liscensee of Symbian for a relatively long time, but we have yet to see a Symbian device from then. Recently a leak spilled their roadmap for future phones on to the web in spectacular fashion, but what about something closer to the present day. All About Symbian has been investigating - this is what we have found. Update: Changes to reflect news of Siemens U10 and make it clear this is speculative.
Following on from the liscensing of Series 60 Samsung has confirmed its comittment to the Symbian OS by formally announcing it is liscensing the OS. This means the top 5 phone manufacturers in the world have now liscensed the OS.
According to this article on EWeek Symbian are concentrating on the OS rather than the UI. Aside from this having been known before (the Series 60 is a Nokia UI and the UIQ has become a SE thing) it does make the decision clearer. The article also mention 4 new UI's will be arriving soon mainly in the Asian market. Read the full story for analysis.
Opera have announced the forthcoming avialability of their browser for Smartphone, but with a difference. It has technology that takes into consideration the size of the screen and fits it to it. The best news is that we'll be seeing this first on the P800 and Series 60 quite possibly as a user install, but more likely as an OEM option.
He's been down the pub, he's getting ready for going away for the weekend, it's the middle of the night, and the booze is wearing off..... Yep SwitchBlade is on a ramble again, be afraid, be very afraid.
JABP (Just another Banking Program) has been launched by FreEPOC. JABP is an experiment - the objective has been to write a simple and free financial program which runs on Epoc (of course), IPAQ, Sharp Zaurus, Windows, Linux and Unix. You can exchange your data files seamlessly between different platforms. And of course Jabp will exchange data with Microsoft Money and Intuit Quicken. Oh, and did we say that we expect it to run on the forthcoming Sony Ericsson P800 superphone? Since Jabp is currently in beta it may still have some bugs. It isn't intended to be as fully featured as our well-established and award-winning ABP. Is Jabp worth developing further? Let FreEPOC know.
PMN has an interesting article with Dirk Hoffman form Siemens it discusses why Siemens went for Symbian when they were currently using Microsoft. They say they see Microsoft being the Mobile OS for Corporate software but only in the short term. They expect this to change as Symbian becomes more established. The article also intriguingly mention the new Siemens Series 60 device to be released soon. More details of this device are available to PMN Subscribers along with a more in depth article however I'm not prepared to pay £20 a month to find out.
Symbian and Accelerated Technology have announced the first product in their partnership - XRay an advanced debugger that can look in on what is happening in the kernel. This is specialist software intended for phone manufacturers or very high end developers. It shows the strength in Symbian alliance and developer strategy.
The long dormant Develop section of All About ER6 has opened with a bang. The FreEPOC - All About ER6 OPL Project is here. Coincidingwith the launch of the Event Core from FreEPOC the project aims to encourage OPL development. Tutorials, articles, support and a competition - what more could you ask for?!
Its not official or anything, but tomorrow at 6PM BST (5PM GMT) I will be over at epocchat.com which is a long running weekly chat for Symbian and Psion users. It would be great to see some of the site members there... so if you're free why not pop along.
Nokia have announced the 6650, this is their first 3G phone for the public sector and looks to be running the Symbian Series 60 UI (admin edit: it's not it is Series 40, but it is still a nice phone). Includes a camera to take photos and make movies, a nice looking bit of kit.