EU puts up $31m to back Symbian

Dylan Bushell-Embling
04 Nov 2010
The EC and 24 European organizations will share the bill for a €22 million ($31.0m) project to boost Symbian development and ward off the encroaching Android.
Symbian Foundation has forged a consortium of 24 European organizations across eight EU countries to lead the project under the name SYMBEOSE, which stands for Symbian – the Embedded Operating System for Europe.
The foundation did not name any members, but said they include devices makers, mobile operators, consumer electronics companies, application developers and universities.
The EC-led ARTEMIS joint technology initiative has agreed to match the funds allocated by the SYMBEOSE foundation 50-50.
ARTEMIS is a public-private research partnership whose members include EU member states.
Symbian technology manager Richard Collins said development would concentrate on “radically improving the basis for new device creation on Symbian.”


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