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Symbian 3 ready to debut on Nokia N8

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Symbian 3 ready to debut on Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 is destined to be one of the first smartphones to sport the Symbian 3 platform and now one of the Symbian Foundation's leaders is claiming that the software is ready for market.

Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams has said that the nuts and bolts of the new operating system are stable. Industry murmurings suggest that Nokia might actually be pipped to the post by an Asian manufacturer which is planning a Symbian 3 smartphone to launch before the N8.

Mr Williams told the Reuters news agency: "There is a small share of code which is pending checking by its contributors."

This essentially means that the platform is going through the final stages of preparation before it is ready for consumer scrutiny.

Mr Williams said that Symbian 4 will be with us in the first quarter of 2011, which suggests that the N8's platform will only be the flagship platform for a few months before it is superseded.

He added that the six month app approval time scale currently afflicting the Symbian platform is a major reason behind its decline in market share over the last few years and he hopes that this will be rectified with new procedures.

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