Changes to the Symbian Foundation were announced earlier today, and at the same time, Nokia reaffirmed its commitment to Symbian, the world’s most widely used smartphone platform.
Nokia CTO Rich Green said:
Nokia will continue to invest in the development of the Symbian platform; and we plan to make the software available to the Symbian ecosystem via an alternative, direct and open model. Developers can expect more rapid innovations for the Symbian platform, occurring in a timely and iterative manner. And rest assured, we will deliver an exciting portfolio of Symbian-based smartphones to consumers worldwide.
Nokia’s recent decision to focus on Qt as its sole application development framework is expected to bring greater efficiency and speed of evolution to the Symbian platform. This will help to ensure app compatibility with future Symbian platform versions, and enable more frequent updates and upgrades for Nokia smartphones.
To offer more insight about these changes, and to answer questions about the announcement from last month, Nokia’s Green had some further statements on our commitment to innovating the Symbian operating system and about our increased focus on Qt as our sole development platform.
Anyone who heard the things Nokia said about Symbian at Nokia World 2010 in London, can have no doubts about our commitment to this development platform. We believe that Symbian is the best development platform to cover a range of mobile devices. Symbian was built for mobile; and has the capacity to be a highly tuned and rich environment for our customers and developers.
Jason Black from Nokia says on his Developer News blog:
On top of that core platform, developers use frameworks to develop things like the user interface, applications, and services. It’s the framework that we can use to customize the experience depending on the device and the latest capabilities. On our latest Symbian devices, we had multiple development frameworks. A developer doesn’t want to try and work out which framework to use. They want to know they can develop an application and it will work on your device. Ideally, they want it to work on more than one device. They want it to reach the largest possible global audience and to continue to work in the future.
With Android and iOS hitting most of the phones and Android gaining up on other platforms in the smartphone world, Nokia had to and has to take some action to continue saying that Symbian is the world’s most used mobile OS. And that is the reason we are seeing all that. It is said that the new Qt will become an open source development platform. But how many developers will come into this and start building apps?