AAPL Stock: 111.31 ( + 0.53 )

Printed from

Nokia says Symbian now closed-source

updated 09:45 am EDT, Fri April 8, 2011

Nokia says Symbian now closed platform

Nokia this week confirmed that its decision to take down online distributions of Symbian was actually the effective end to Symbian as an open-source platform. Although it republished the code this month, it has since said it the code was only under a closed-source license and couldn't be legally used for any purpose without a commercial deal. The code was only online to help Japanese phone makers still using Symbian and to help existing platform partners, H Online was told.

The open-source version of Symbian still exists on an unofficial code dump page, but it includes only the code from before when the Symbian Foundation took down the open-source version.

Symbian fans have been frustrated at the move since Nokia has gone so far as to tout that "we are open," even after publishing closed-source code. Nokia had for the longest time promoted its phones as running on an open platform but has since given it up in an attempt to control the experience. Partly because it no longer has to publish open code, the company has promised temporarily holding out on Android 3.0 until the code is optimized well enough to run on phones.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented