Symbian Foundation

John Forsyth, Tim Holbrow, Steve Warner, Dietmar Tallroth, Larry Berkin

The Symbian Foundation is a non-profit organization that until November 2010 ( with a transitional period until April 2011) monitored the Symbian platform, an operating system for mobile phones, based on that of the Symbian Ltd.. developed and licensed Symbian OS. The Symbian Foundation developed the platform, rather than directly applied, coordinated and supervised the compatibility between Symbian developments. The Foundation also offered several important services to their members and the community of developers, such as the collection and distribution of the source code, software development kits, documentation and dissemination of Symbian applications.

In November 2010, Nokia announced to completely take over the development of the Symbian platform after a transitional period from April 2011 itself. The Foundation will only be responsible for the licensing of the operating system from that date. Nokia had also worn by then the brunt of Symbian development, but had to let the changes approved by the competitors and vote with them abreast of the Foundation in a cumbersome process. Last important members were jumped, such as Sony Ericsson and Samsung, which have indicated to produce no more Symbian phones.

The Foundation (English for Foundation ) was founded by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Vodafone, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics and AT & T.

Publications of the Symbian platform were (pronounced as " Symbian one", " Symbian two " ) as Symbian ^ 1, Symbian ^ 2 etc. referred. Though originally only planned for mid-2010, the Symbian ^ 3 platform, was announced on 4 February 2010 under the Eclipse Public License, an open- source license. According to the Symbian Foundation was the largest code base that has been released as open source world. The complete source code of an earlier publication of the Symbian platform, Symbian ^ 2 was still restricted to member organizations; However, membership was open to all interested companies and organizations.

In contrast to previous Symbian OS, which an additional user interface system (UI ) ( either S60, UIQ and MOAP ( s ) ) required included the Symbian platform a UI component.


Members of the Symbian Foundation were in October 2010:

  • AOL
  • Studio
  • Dextra
  • Digia
  • Comarch
  • EA Mobile
  • Elektrobit
  • HP
  • Immersion Corporation
  • Inmote
  • InnoPath software
  • Ixonos
  • Opera Software
  • Plusmo
  • Sasken
  • Sesca
  • Staircase13
  • Symsource
  • Teleca
  • Tieto
  • Wipro Technologies
  • MySpace
  • Visa
  • ARM
  • Broadcom
  • Ericsson
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Marvell
  • Renesas
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Texas Instruments
  • Qualcomm
  • SanDisk
  • SiRF