Symbian: Mobile OS Boss... For Now
The London-based firm announced today that it shipped 19.6 million Symbian mobile phones worldwide in the second quarter, a 5 percent increase over the same period last year. Overall, the firm has shipped the Symbian code on 225.9 million phones since the company started 10 years ago. (See 10 Things You Should Know About Symbian .) By comparison, Apple is expected to ship up to 6.1 million iPhones in the quarter ending this September. The first Google Android phone will not even come on the market until later this year. (See Android Arriving November 10?)
Nonetheless, Apple -- and the economy -- may be starting to affect Symbian sales. The 5 percent growth in the quarter compares with a 17 percent rise in the previously reported three months. (See Symbian Passes 75M Mark.)
Following the winds of change in the market, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) bought its remaining stake in Symbian earlier this year and plans to make the OS open source -- like Google's Android code-base -- through the Symbian Foundation . (See Symbian Wants the World.)
The Symbian Foundation is expected to start to open the code in 2009.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung