Symbian Foundation Adds to Its Flock
Twelve new companies, including HP, Qualcomm and MySpace, are joining the Nokia-led Symbian Foundation. Nokia bought Symbian in 2008 and plans to create a new, open-source base for the mobile platform. It has gathered 78 member companies into the Symbian Foundation. Other firms joining today are Atelier, Bank of America, Gemalto, Imagination Technologies, Mobica, Nanoradio, Omron Software, SanDisk, SESCA, SiRF Technology and VirtualLogix. Nokia and its partners hope to create a better competitor to Apple, RIM, and Google's Android platforms.
Skype to End Support for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian
Microsoft recently indicated it will cease to support Skype on devices running Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. The company said it will retire the official Skype app for WP7, as well as any ancillary apps that support it over the next few weeks.
WhatsApp Ending Support for Blackberry and Symbian OSes
WhatsApp plans to cease supporting a handful of older mobile operating systems by the end of the year. WhatsApp will stop working on devices running Android 2.1 and 2.2; all BlackBerry OSes, including BlackBerry 10; Nokia's S40 and Symbian S60 platforms; and Windows Phone 7.1.
Apple to Create Its Own GPU for the iPhone
Apple is developing a new graphics chip for the iPhone that will see the end of its long-term relationship with Imagination Technologies. Apple has relied on Imagination for years to provide the iPhone's GPU.
Imagination to Divest Biz Units In Wake of Losing iPhone Contract
Imagination Technologies said it plans to sell two of its business units and strengthen its balance sheet before its years-old partnership with Apple expires. Earlier this year Apple told Imagination Technologies that it will no longer need the company's GPUs for the iPhone in 15 to 24 months time.