Issue #2001 - 14
April 4, 2001)
Symbian Moves Forward with Platform
At the recent CeBIT, in Hanover,
Germany, Symbian unveiled its Symbian platform v6.1, described as a fully
integrated operating system platform for GPRS-enabled smartphones and
communicators. At present, the platform is undergoing integration testing
with licensees; products are expected to be shipped by the middle of this
The company said that the new release supports WAP 1.2 and advanced
Bluetooth, as well as all the building blocks to create services and
applications for wireless devices running on 2.5G networks.
"The ‘always on’ nature of 2.5G networks presents the wireless
industry with a great opportunity to develop mobile data services that add
value to today’s voice only mobile phones,’ said Colly Myers, Symbian’s
CEO. Device manufacturers now see the "Symbian platform v6.1 as the de
facto standard and the company is looking to working closely with wireless
network operators and content and service providers who can provide
additional value" for next generation mobile phones, he added.
In a move to further the development of its software platform, Symbian
also announced partnerships with some of the leaders in the industry.
Through these alliances, the company is seeking to provide seamless
connectivity solutions for both consumers and corporate users of next
generation mobile devices.
Initial members of the connectivity partner program include Aether
Systems, Inc., fusionOne, Inc., Pumatech, Inc., and Starfish Software, Inc.
Symbian will work with these companies on the marketing and development of
wireless connectivity technologies for Symbian-enabled devices.
For more information: http://www.symbian.com/News/2001/pr010321b.html
Mobileinfo Comments and
Advisory: Symbian 6.1platform
will hasten the adoption of 2.5G GPRS .5 and ultimately 3G networks in
Europe. This, in turn, will put pressure on North American carriers to go
forward with similar higher-bandwidth networks here.
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