Symbian announced the acquisition of personnel and technology from MoGenesis, which develops smart OS mobile applications for the Chinese market. Financial terms were not disclosed. According to Symbian, the acquisition is critical to both its strategic growth in China and the ongoing evolution of the Symbian smartphone OS--MoGenesis' engineering and management team will join the Symbian staff, and CEO Dennis Kung will remain onboard to spearhead Symbian product development across the region.
Symbian opened a sales and marketing office in Beijing in January 2007, adding R&D facilities in August. "The acquisition will play a key role in Symbian's global R&D strategy for our world-leading customers," said Symbian CEO Nigel Clifford in a prepared statement. "China is one of the fastest growing markets for smartphones in the world and we will leverage our new Chinese resources to increase Symbian OS global product development. Symbian achieved 60 percent smartphone OS market share in China with 77 percent year-on-year growth, according to one analyst (Canalys) in Q207."
In additional news, Symbian announced Nokia's just-announced N82 smartphone is based on the mobile software developer's OS. According to Symbian, the multimedia handset is optimized for photography, navigation and web connectivity, featuring A-GPS, a 5 megapixel camera, Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics. The Nokia N82 also features fast camera activation, fast reloading between shots and DVD-like quality video capture, WiFi connectivity and one-click upload to online communities, multimedia slideshows and a 3D multimedia menu and orientation sensor that rotates the UI automatically between horizontal and portrait mode.
- Support of WCDMA of 2100 MHz (HSDPA), EGSM 900, GSM 850/1800/1900 MHz (EGPRS) networks
- Display 2.4", 240Ñ…320, 16.7Ðœ colors
- Frontal CIF camera for a video telephony
- Media player with support of MP3/AAC/eAAC/eAAC/WMA/M4A, OMA DRM 2.0/1.0 and WMDRM, MPEG4, AVC/ H.264, H.264, H.263, RV formats
- Java MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 support
- Embedded memory 100 Mb
- Size: 112 Ñ… 50.2 Ñ… 17.3 mm
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