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Nokia acquires, open sources Symbian OS

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Nokia has announced that it will be acquiring the Symbian mobile phone operating system as well as plans to launch the new non-profit Symbian Foundation and open source the platform.

Nokia, already the owner of about 50% of Symbian, will acquire the rest of the companies shares for around €264 million, or about $409 million US.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia, said in a statement “establishing the Foundation is one of the biggest contributions to an open community ever made…Nokia is a strong supporter of open platforms and technologies as they give the freedom to build, maintain and evolve applications and services across device segments and offer by far the largest ecosystem, enabling rapid innovation.”

Symbian is the most used mobile phone platform in the world, and this move could help ensure that that platform says competitive against upcoming Android-based devices which is also open source.

Symbian can be found on many FOMA, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson devices.

For more info about Sybian OS check out the product page here.

[Via Ars Technica]

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