FINNISH MOBILE MAKER Nokia has released the source code for the latest version of its ageing mobile operating system Symbian.
Nokia has taken over delivery of code from the Symbian Foundation, an organisation that was originally set up in 2008 to manage the Symbian project and ensure its survival and prosperity. When prosperity did not appear and Symbian's survival became threatened the foundation eventually became just a licensing body towards the end of last year.
Nokia won't be continuing development of Symbian and will no longer refer to each build by its previous name, but it is making the last version available, along with an SDK and build tools, allowing other developers to take up the mantle.
The company partnered with Microsoft in February to deliver Windows Phone 7 to a wider audience in the smartphone sector, a deal that effectively marked the end of Symbian, which had lost support from major partners in the past, like Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
Nokia still intends to ship 150 million smartphones with Symbian on board as it transitions to Microsoft's mobile operating system, but with most people aware that there isn't much future left in Nokia's old mobile OS we wonder how many of those smartphones it will actually sell. µ