Symbian Foundation Taps Nokia S60 Head To Open Its Platform

Lee Williams will lead an eclectic group of hardware and software vendors as it prepares to make its development platform available in open source by June 2010.
Lee Williams, currently head of Nokia's S60 Devices business, was nominated on Wednesday to be executive director of the Symbian Foundation as the foundation wrapped up its London meeting.

Williams will hold his S60 position until Jan. 1, 2009, or until the foundation is operational. The show was accented by announcements of additional products and services designed to spur the growth of the open platform.

Williams takes over the reins of the foundation as its membership jumped from its 10 initial members to a total of 52 announced at the meeting. After announcing the acquisition of the Symbian Limited unit in June, Nokia has moved aggressively to assemble new members and new products and services to lead the way to developing the open platform, scheduled to unify the platform with its first unified foundation release, slated for 2009. The foundation said it expects to make the platform available in open source by June 2010.

The new roster of firms ranges from eight device manufacturers, seven semiconductor companies, nine mobile network operators, 27 services and software companies, and even one financial services provider.

Members continued to chip in services and other contributions as members broke to return to their companies.

ARM and Symbian Limited unveiled ARM's Profiler for Symbian operating system that enables developers to reduce power consumption while adding enhanced features to mobile devices.

"Developers of complex mobile applications have come to expect the level of power management and performance optimization found within Symbian OS," explained Mike Whittingham, VP of Symbian Ecosystem development, in a statement.

In another development, Cicero Networks announced a proof-of-concept that will enable voice mobility across multiple networks. The feature utilizes Symbian's FreeWay communications architecture on the Symbian OS. The approach promises to enable roaming between circuit switched networks up to and including Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMax architectures.