Cambridge 09/25/2009 Bitbar today announced that it has joined the Symbian Foundation, which, together with its ecosystem, is creating the most proven, open and complete mobile software platform.
The platform is based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, and Sony Ericsson, including the S60 and MOAP(S) user interfaces. Portions of the source code are already being moved to open source, under the Eclipse Public License. By mid-2010, this process will be complete.
As a member of the Symbian Foundation, Bitbar gains the immediate right to license the Symbian Foundation platform, royalty free and without source code fees; participate in the governance of the foundation; and take part in joint marketing and branding campaigns.
We believe that open sourced Symbian platform will become ever more popular in mobile and consumer electronics industries, than its 250+ million installed base of today. Open source changes the economics of software production, commoditizing intellectual property, accelerating innovation and allowing new kinds of services” said Jouko Kaasila, founder of Bitbar. “We know the Symbian Foundation platform inside out, and now we are building our services on top of this asset to deliver our expertise to our customers in a new way.”
Bitbar is a mobile open source support and services company established solely to support application and middleware developers, mobile operators, OEMs and hardware vendors to make the most of open source software by providing configuration, build and validation tools, developer support and problem solving services on subscription basis.
For more information please visit http://bitbar.com/testing/
The Symbian Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to enable an open ecosystem that collaborates to create the most complete and richest user experiences for mobile devices. Symbian maintains the code for an open source software platform based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, and Sony Ericsson, including the S60 and MOAP(S) user interfaces.
The foundation software licensing model and governance structure has been designed to secure transparency, encourage contribution and maintain platform consistency. The foundation promotes collaboration, contributions and active participation and operates as a meritocracy. Portions of the platform’s source code have already been moved to open source, under the Eclipse Public License. By mid-2010 this process will be complete, making the platform code available to all for free.
The Symbian Foundation now occupies offices in the UK (London), US (Foster City), Japan (Tokyo), and Finland (Helsinki) and will soon have regional operations in China (Beijing). For more information please visit www.symbian.org or blog.symbian.org.