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Symbian OS

NameSymbian OS
Company / developerSymbian Foundation
Programmed inC++
OS familyMobile operating systems
Working statedevelopment of the original Symbian OS code base has given way for an integrated development of the Symbian platform
Source modelopen source available under EPL
Marketing targetMobile devices
Supported platformsARM, x86
Kernel typeMicrokernel
user interfaceS60 platform, UIQ, MOAP
Licenseoriginal code base was proprietary, transition to EPL started with Symbian OS 9.1, completed with the Symbian platform

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Symbian OS is one of Nokia's mobile operating system for mobile devices and smartphones, with associated libraries, user interface, frameworks and reference implementations of common tools, originally developed by Symbian Ltd. It was a descendant of Psion's EPOC and runs exclusively on ARM processors, although an unreleased x86 port existed.

In 2008, the former Symbian Software Limited was acquired by Nokia and a new independent non-profit organisation called the Symbian Foundation was established. Symbian OS and its associated user interfaces S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) were contributed by their owners to the foundation with the objective of creating the Symbian platform as a royalty-free, open source software. The platform has been designated as the successor to Symbian OS, following the official launch of the Symbian Foundation in April 2009. The Symbian platform was officially made available as open source code in February 2010.

Devices based on Symbian OS account for 46.9% of smartphone sales, making it the world's most popular mobile operating system.

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Nokia platforms

User interfacesMaemo * Series 30 * Series 40 * S60 (formerly Series 60) * Series 80 * Series 90
Operating systemsMaemo * Nokia OS * Symbian OS
Related articlesAccredited Symbian Developer * Carbide.c++ * Symbian Foundation * S60 supported devices

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OthersBlackBerry OS * GEOS * iOS * Nokia OS (S30 * S40) * Palm OS * PSP OS * Symbian platform (Symbian OS * MOAP(S) * UIQ * S60 * S80 * S90) * SavaJe * Windows Mobile (Windows Phone 7)
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