Nokia Teams with Sony-Ericsson & Sony to Open Source Symbian, UIQ, & MOAP(S)

By Todd Ogasawara
June 24, 2008

Just a quick note about some big mobile news before I run out the door: Nokia is buying all of Symbian (it already owned a big chunk of it) and is creating the Symbian Foundation. Sony Ericsson and Motorola and kicking in its UIQ (which used to stand for User Interface Quartz - I can see why they got rid of that part) UI into the mix. And Docomo (Japan) sounds like it will contribute its MOAP(S) (Mobile Oriented Applications Platform). Nokia says they plan to Open Source this mix under the Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0. I guess this is reaction/preparation to/against the Google Android phone platform.

I haven't used an S60 phone in years. However, I did use an S60 based Nokia 3650 to shoot all the photos for my little cameraphone contributions to Derrick Story's Digital Photography Hacks and developed a healthy respect for that platform. It will be interesting to see how the Google Android vs. Symbian/UIQ/MOAP(S) vs. Windows Mobile phone platform wars shake out.

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