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Symbian Smartphone

The Symbian Operating System for smartphone was developed through the partnership of cell phone manufacturers Nokia, Panasonic, Ericsson, Samsung, Siemens (now BenQ) and Sony Ericsson. The purpose of the project was to develop an industry accepted operating system for different phone brands. This eliminates incompatibility between phones running on the same OS. It also makes data transfer from one phone to another faster and safer. The manufacturers involved in the project started developing symbian phones during the late 2G era. It targets the mass market which constitutes a large portion of the cellular phone user community with several OS running in the same principle for different phones that suits different needs. It also allows third party software developers to create programs for the OS because of the simple platform it offers. But because of its wide acceptance, it has become somewhat of a standard for mobile phones and has been the basis for future OS development. Its flexibility and reliability has pushed phone manufacturers to create even more sophisticated phones to continuously supply phone users with useful features. An estimated 110 million symbian phones has been produced and there is no sign of stopping. The latest Symbian OS allows for better performance through lower usage of memory, faster phone and application startup, an enhanced multitasking environment and better interconnectivity for faster data transfer. Leading phone manufacturer Nokia introduced its first Symbian OS phone in its Series 30 line. The phone had a basic color interface with a graphical menu to help users navigate through the different phone functions. With the onset of 3G technology, Nokia has constantly developed new phones based on the capabilities and limitations of the Symbian OS. Some of the newest Nseries phones from Nokia are running on the latest version of the operating system, s60 release 3.1.

The Sony Ericcson franchise has also depended highly on innovations to the OS. Their P series is designed to perform functions that work well with symbian. Its large touch screen interface has been the phones strongest selling point that shows the full potential of the system. They have also developed a wide range to include all levels of the phone market, rivaling Nokia in the process. We see other phone developers release phones at a rapid phase, this is due to the easy to use platform that the Symbian OS offers to smartphone users.

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