Frequently Asked Questions on Symbian Foundation
1. What does LiMo think of the formation of Symbian Foundation?
We welcome the formation of Symbian Foundation as it follows behind the pioneering direction of limofoundation.org which recognizes that the industry must coalesce on far fewer handset OS’s in order that innovation can be unblocked and far better propositions brought to consumers.
This announcement from Symbian is therefore a welcome step in the right direction, and perhaps an inevitable one. We believe that repositioning Symbian with transparent governance may be the only way to sustain the asset because in the converged world the handset OS is far more about governance than technology. We look forward to seeing the more practical steps that follow today’s press release over the next two years.
2. How is the limofoundation.org initiative different than Symbian Foundation’s?
LiMo was founded at the beginning of in order to bring open and collaborative governance to the mobile industry in order to unlock innovation throughout the value system and bring much better propositions to mobile consumers everywhere. Our simple formula has attracted very rapid industry engagement – 50 companies including 5 tier one operators managing half a billion subscribers and 16 handsets have been shipped to consumers.
The key differences are:
4. How does LiMo address the fragmentation challenge?
LiMo’s Collaborative Source model proactively manages fragmentation through reciprocation -- all fixes and optimizations are shared such that consistent quality and performance enhancements occur continually and shared by all.
5. What are the technology differences between LiMo and Symbian with regards to the platform?
Through our Collaborative Source approach, the LiMo Platform is scoped to enable thriving third-party innovation at the application and content layer -- operators, device manufacturers and content providers can freely shape the user experience and associated business models without intrusion from the handset OS.
In addition, LiMo uses the Linux kernel – a product created by a very large and dedicated Open Source community.
6. Why are some companies members of both LiMo and Symbian Foundation?
Symbian has been in operation for a decade – it is natural that companies that have invested in Symbian OS through this period will maintain their involvement.