Device operating systems

Symbian Chief Exits

4:00 AM -- The Symbian Foundation lost its executive director yesterday as Lee Williams stepped down from his post for "personal reasons." The Symbian Foundation, which oversees the development of the Symbian mobile operating system, replaced Williams with CFO Tim Holbrow with immediate effect.

Now a rumor has already started to circulate that the Symbian Foundation is to be wound up, which was first noted here.

The news of Williams' departure is a fresh blow to the operating system, which is still reeling from losing the support of phone makers Samsung Corp. and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications just a few weeks ago. Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is now the only major mobile phone company that supports Symbian. (See OS Watch: Samsung, Sony Ericsson Ditch Symbian and CTIA 2010: OS Watch Hits CTIA.)

As Nokia struggles to salvage its position in the high-end smartphone market and reinvigorate the Symbian OS, this probably isn't the last of the turmoil for the Finnish phone maker and its software platform. (See Nokia Dumps CEO, Hires Elop, Nokia's 'Fightback' Man Quits , Does iPhone 4 Dash Nokia's High-End Hopes? , 'Nokia Is Back!', NoGo for MeeGo, and Nokia N8 is Late .)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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