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Symbian Foundation
Founded 24 June 2008
Headquarters London, UK
Origins Symbian Ltd
Staff Lee Williams, Larry Berkin, Jennifer Grenz, Tim Holbrow, Steve Warner
Products The Symbian platform
Focus Open mobile software platform

The Symbian Foundation is a non-profit organisation that stewards the Symbian platform, an operating system for mobile phones, based on Symbian OS which was previously owned and licensed by Symbian Ltd.. Symbian Foundation does not develop the platform, but evangelises, co-ordinates and ensures compatibility. It also provides key services to its members and the community such as collecting, building and distributing Symbian source code. It also provides:

Symbian platform releases are styled Symbian^1, Symbian^2 etc. (vocalised as "Symbian one", "Symbian two"). Although scheduled for mid-2010,[4], the Symbian^3 platform was made available under the Eclipse Public License, an open source license, on 4 February 2010, four months ahead of schedule. Symbian Foundation reports this event to be the largest codebase transitioned to Open Source in history. [5] Access to the full source code of an earlier release of the Symbian platform, Symbian^2, is still limited to member organisations, but membership is open to any organisation.[6]

Unlike Symbian OS, which required an additional user interface system (either S60, UIQ or MOAP(s)), the Symbian platform includes a user interface component.

The Foundation was founded by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Vodafone, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics and AT&T.[7]



Members of the Symbian Foundation include:

Device manufacturers Services & Software companies Financial services companies Semiconductor vendors Mobile network operators

Symbian Exchange and Exposition

Symbian hosts an annual event for its community and prominent companies and individuals involved in the world of Open Source. This event is named the Symbian Exchange and Exposition (SEE).



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