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Symbian and Snapdragon partnership ensured

Symbian and Snapdragon partnership ensured

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia and chip producer Qualcomm have announced a partnership to bring Symbian-based smartphones powered by the Snapdragon processors to market.

Although Nokia and Qualcomm have had a rocky relationship in the past, it looks as though they are putting their differences aside.

In an interview with a Finnish newspaper picked up on by IntoMobile, Qualcomm's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Jacobs confirmed that his firm was working with Nokia and that the first Snapdragon-powered smartphones from the partnership would appear before the end of 2010.

Mr Jacobs did not reveal precisely what kind of smartphones would result from the new relationship, but they are likely to arrive in tandem with the upcoming Symbian3 operating system, which is also pencilled in for a late 2010 launch.

This could mean that a multi-touch Nokia smartphone with a 1GHz processor is in development.

Since Symbian has now been opened up to all comers thanks to open source development, Nokia could well be competing with other firms in order to bring Snapdragon compatibility to the software.

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