Support for the Symbian Foundation gains momentum

Ahead of the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Symbian Foundation’s development continues apace. The organisation’s leadership team is in place and is engaging with its rapidly growing ecosystem of developers, hardware manufacturers and other partners. The Foundation has also ramped up its recruitment drive.

The Symbian Foundation will participate at various MWC activities throughout the show, including the Mobile Application Developer Garage and WIP Jam: Day for Developers, and Lee Williams will deliver his view of open source in mobile.

Lee Williams, executive director at the Symbian Foundation, commented: “We’re in a unique position to continue the rapid growth of the most competitive open software platform. Every single member of our community has a chance to influence the way we evolve and develop our offering. The Foundation will provide, manage and unify the platform but it’s the community which will make it great.”

“We already have fantastic support from across the industry and Mobile World Congress will provide an excellent forum to meet and share ideas, perspectives and insight with both new and existing supporters, with the ultimate aim of benefiting our community members,” Williams continued.

Seventy eight industry partners have now pledged their support in making this vision reality; Atelier, Bank of America, Gemalto, HP, Imagination Technologies, Mobica, MySpace, Nanoradio, OMRON SOFTWARE, Qualcomm, SanDisk, SESCA, SiRF Technology and VirtualLogix all add their endorsements to the other companies already announced.

“MySpace is dedicated to supporting open standards and platforms and we embrace plans for the Symbian Foundation,” said John Faith, vice president and general manager of Mobile for MySpace. “Mobile is a central element of the MySpace business strategy and we believe an open platform will allow developers, OEMs, and wireless carriers to create compelling and innovative services that can leverage the rich social functionality and content of MySpace.”

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