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Symbian is the oldest, most widely installed smartphone operating system, resident on 200 million devices and rising. Nokia is the only handset maker still offering Symbian phones today. Symbian had been adopted by Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Motorola, but each as withdrawn support as Nokia has taken more control. Symbian dates back to 1997 when it began as the EPOC operating software on a defunct PDA from UK company Psion. Nokia has since purchased all rights to Symbian and offers it open source, adding features from Sony Ericsson’s UIQ and NTT DoCoMo’s MOAP-S development environment. Nokia’s own Series 60 development system has become synonymous with Symbian over the years. Symbian’s weakness is that it has failed to keep up with the multi-touch, web oriented requirements of modern handsets, and new releases have been slow to arrive. Symbian can hardly be considered dead, despite Nokia opting instead for Windows Phone 7, and it continues to have many followers both inside and outside Nokia.

Symbian Foundation could shut down

26 October, 2010

Bid to create open multivendor platform has failed, Nokia may take direct control

Symbian boosts web credentials with Nitobi deal

19 July, 2010

Adds to growing store of simplified, cross-platform tools to lure developers to Symbian^3

Symbian and Baidu team on 'box computing'

9 June, 2010

Aim to extend the concept of instant-on access from the search box

Symbian woos developers with open web tools

30 April, 2010

Aims to use hybrid native/web approach and APIs to succeed where webOS failed

Symbian shows off release 3, chasing Apple

17 February, 2010

Symbian could not afford to be silent with all the buzz around the Linux-based mobile operating systems at Barcelona, and its Foundati

Symbian's open source platform debuts four months

5 February, 2010

Finally, a wireless technology that not only hits its deadlines but beats them. As doubt still lurks over whether Windows Mobile 7 will

Nokia claims Symbian^4 UI will leapfrog the rest

18 January, 2010

Last week, the Symbian Foundation looked to steal some of Android's bright limelight by outlining its 2010 roadmap. The first fully ope

Symbian^3 due next month, WinMo 7 may be way behin

13 January, 2010

The Linux operating systems, Android and even Moblin and webOS, took center stage at last week's Consumer Electronics Show, but their m

China Mobile and AT&T use new Symbian Horizon apps

28 October, 2009

The open source operating systems continue to duke it out for headlines. While today should belong to Android, with Verizon Wireless ex

Symbian bids to control app store frameworks with

17 July, 2009

Symbian has been working away quietly on creating an open source platform to rival Android and prevent the Google upstart stealing all