Friday, February 05, 2010

The Symbian open source opportunity

The announcement that the Symbian platform is now wholly open source represents a unique moment for the mobile industry as a whole. The most widely distributed smartphone platform, the biggest migration from proprietary to open source software in history; delivered 4 months ahead of schedule (go to here to navigate different aspects of the open sourcing). Symbian also represents the largest addressable market for developers in mobile.

The migration is backed by the foundation’s broad commitment to openness: Any individual or organization can now take, use and modify the code for any purpose, whether that be for a mobile device or for something else entirely. Openness also includes complete transparency in future plans, including the publication of the platform roadmap and planned features up to and including 2011. Anyone can now influence the roadmap, contribute new features and build market opportunity.

Here are a couple of links to additional videos you might want to review. We’ll post them here later too.

For Chris Davidson on being open source go here,

And here for chief architect Daniel Rbio on the Symbian System Model.