The Symbian Foundation announced today that the Symbian platform is now completely open source. The Symbian Foundation has just finalized the open source release of the source code for the most popular mobile operating system in the world. It is hoped that this will will open the platform to innovations generally associated with open-source. The Symbian kernel was already released as an open-source in October last year.
The code is now available for anyone who wants to do something with it, regardless if it is putting it on a mobile phone or any other device. Moreover, the future plans on the Symbian platform will enjoy more transparency, and the roadmap for the OS will be published with planned features for this year and the next.
This is what Lee Williams, Executive Director of The Symbian Foundation said:
The development community is now empowered to shape the future of the mobile industry, and rapid innovation on a global scale will be the result. When the Symbian Foundation was created, we set the target of completing the open source release of the platform by mid-2010 and it’s because of the extraordinary commitment and dedication from our staff and our member companies that we’ve reached it well ahead of schedule.
The source codes are available for download from the Symbian’s developer website.