Nokia Makes Symbian Source Code Available Again
Nokia has posted the entire source code for the Symbian platform to its developer web site. Nokia is providing access to the code now that the Symbian Foundation is closed. Registered developers may access the code, as well as development toolkits, in order to create applications for the Symbian platform. Nokia says it still plans to ship 150 million Symbian-based phones in the next 18 months, even though it has switched to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform as its future smartphone system.
Microsoft Updates Nokia X Platform
Though Microsoft plans to eventually can the Nokia X platform, the company today announced an update that adds several new features to the operating system. According to Microsoft, the improved OS now includes an app switcher for multitasking.
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.
Google to Remove Oracle's Code from Android
Google plans to take Oracle's proprietary Java code out of the Android operating system. Rather than rely on Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK), Google will switch to the OpenJDK.
Google Open Sources Chrome for iOS
Google today said it has made an open source version of its Chrome browser for iOS available to developers. Google says today's news is the result of year's worth of work.
Too little too late
As far as the smartphone conversation, symbian is definately a smart OS. It works great for non-touch devices. Anyone that has used an n95 or similar nokia device knows that symbian is a good OS when combined with the right hardware. However, symbian on the nokia touch devices was not so hot.
The n8 is a very capable piece of Hardware, but the OS is just lacking. But at this point, it biggest weakness is the lack of available apps. Everyone wants apps and everyone has them except nokia. I don't know if windows will fix nokia's problems. MS has little to lose in this market while NOkia has everyone on the line. I don't understand why they could...
Everyone wants apps and everyone has them except nokia.
except nokia and palm..i mean HP?
'...Nokia still plans to ship 150 million Symbian-based phones in the next 18 months...' and I hope these phones Nokia is talking about are feature phones, because let's be honest: A phone running Symbian (Even if it a tremendous piece of hardware) is not a smartphone.
Why Nokia hasn't worked hard enough to compete with an operating system like Android or iOS is beyond me. And with its alliance with Redmond's abomination, I behold a splendid ship sinking slowly.
Post Scriptum: Nokia is surely desperate. If not, look at the news: Nokia suing Apple again Over Patents. #EpicFail
let's be honest: A phone running Symbian (Even if it a tremendous piece of hardware) is not a smartphone.
I'm curious as to what it is you think a smartphone should be able to do that I cannot do on ...