Symbian OS Goes Open Source

The Symbian Foundation has just announced that Symbian, the worlds most popular smartphone operating system, is now officially open source. In 2008, Symbian Software Limited was acquired by Nokia for USD 410 million, and in April 2009 a new independent non-profit organisation called Symbian Foundation was established. The foundation includes Nokia, AT&T, LG, Motorola, NTT Docomo, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone. The Symbian Foundation’s decision to make its code open source means that any organisation or individual can now use and modify the code for ‘any purpose.’

Lee Williams of Symbian Foundation said that,

“This is the largest open source migration effort ever. It will increase rate of evolution and increase the rate of innovation of the platform. When we chatted to companies who develop third party applications, we found people would spend up to nine months just trying to navigate the intellectual property. That was really hindering the rate of progress.”

Despite being the world’s most popular smart phone operating system, Symbian has been losing the publicity battle, with Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iPhone dominating recent headlines. It is believed that this announcement will attract new developers to work on the system and help speed up the pace of improvements. We hope that this will bring Symbian back on top of the food chain, and with the launch of Symbian^3 in the third quarter of this year, there seems to be a very bright light at the end of this tunnel.

Nokia 6303i classic Unveiled

Nokia today announced the Nokia 6303i classic, a sophisticated and compact device that follows in the footprints of the Nokia 6303 classic and builds on the proven formula that made Nokia the world leader in mobile phones. The device is great value for money with its amazing feature list and an estimated retail price of EUR 105, before taxes and subsidies.

The Nokia 6303i classic is a reliable companion that keeps you connected to people that matter you the most. Pictures taken with the 3.2 megapixel camera come to life on the large 2.2 inch screen, and email and instant messaging are available through Nokia Messaging, providing a very convenient way to be in touch with friends and family. The design is unequivocal, in and out; stainless steel covers and compact size feel solid in the hand, and the intuitive user interface makes all key features easy to find. Furthermore, no matter whether you are sharing online, browsing web, or listening to music, the excellent battery life guarantees fun for a long time without charging. The Nokia 6303i classic will start shipping in select markets during the first quarter of 2010.

Shadow Mapping & Augmented Reality Interaction Demo On The Nokia N900

Earlier this year we brought you a cool demonstration of Augmented Reality on the Nokia N900. Augmented Reality is a technology that overlays computer generated information over a users view of the real world. Today we would like to update you on this project with two more, very exciting videos, showcasing shadow mapping and virtual interaction using the Nokia N900. The guys over at Rojtberg.net are really making some head way with this project, and although it may be some time before the application is available through the ‘maemo-extras’ repository, it surely does deserve some more attention. Videos after the break.