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MWC 2010: Open source Symbian release imminent

MWC 2010: Open source Symbian release imminent

The Symbian Foundation has announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will be 'feature ready' at some point in the first quarter of 2010, which could fast track the development of upcoming mobiles based on the platform.

By opening up the Symbian platform to the open source community, Nokia has cleared the way for far more support for third party software and exciting new features.

Amongst the planned upgrades will be multitouch compatibility, app store integration, live homescreens and the potential to output video at full HD resolutions.

Multi-tasking is also set to feature heavily in the overhauled Symbian software, with improved management of utilities allowing for more efficient operation and better graphics thanks to a hardware solution for 3D acceleration.

The Symbian Foundation's Lee M. Williams said: "S3 is another huge milestone in the evolution of our platform. Now that it is fully open source, the door is open to individual contributors, device creators and third-party developer companies."

By making the leap into open source, Symbian is an obvious competitor with Android and 2010 could prove to be a coming of age period for both platforms.

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