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12 August 2009, 16:17

Nokia denies Symbian distancing claims

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Nokia logo Nokia have responded to claims that they are abandoning the Symbian mobile phone operating system for Maemo. A Nokia spokesperson said "Nokia remains strongly committed to its current open OS software strategy for cellular devices, which is based on the world leading smartphone software on Symbian OS and will be based on the Symbian Foundation platform".

A report from analyst Om Malik at GigaOM quoted another spokesperson saying "We absolutely remain committed to Symbian and the S60". They added that Nokia believes that there is not just one software environment which suits all needs; Nokia says that the open source Linux based Maemo operation system is potentially the operating system for what they call "the next segment high performance mobile devices".

This position has been reinforced by the announcement that Nokia and Microsoft are bringing Microsoft Office Mobile to the Symbian platform. GigaOm's Stacey Higginbotham is unimpressed by the deal with Microsoft.


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