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08 July 2010, 10:27

Platform kit for Symbian S^3 goes 100 per cent open source

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Zoom The GUI 'Fresh' theme, commissioned for S^3.
Product Development Kit (PDK) 3.0, released today by the Symbian Foundation, is targeted at device developers. The kit includes all the source and binary files required to generate the new S^3 operating system and run it in the supplied emulator.

PDK 3.0 is the first Symbian version to be fully available under an open source license. It includes a new theme with understated icons and offers multiple, customisable home screens. It also features HDMI support and 'Next Generation Graphics' (essentially hardware-accelerated graphics). The graphical user interface (GUI) is designed for simple operation using single clicks. Like other mobile operating systems, S^3 selects a sensible internet connection automatically, preferring Wi-Fi if available, and the calendar application is able to utilise the CalDAV protocol, allowing it to communicate with calendar servers

Since the online documentation refers exclusively to Microsoft Windows it would appear the PDK and emulator only run on Windows. The PDK is provided as a large number of ZIP files – a Python tool to assist with downloading is available.


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