Nokia to offer open source OS phones in 2010

Nokia's CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasuvo has predicted that a free, open source mobile OS based on Symbian will be added to the company's handsets by 2010.

The company recently announced it would acquire the rights to the program by buying out the remaining shares in Symbian OS.

Once Nokia owns the OS outright it intends to contribute the software to the planned non-profit organization the Symbian Foundation

Meanwhile, Nokia yesterday introduced the fifth revision of its smartphone platform S60. It features improvements such as a touch-screen and widescreen mode.

And in a bid to support open source technologies, the new OS features integrated Open C++ support.

Lastly, Nokia has finally shown off its hotly anticipated touchscreen phone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

The 5800 will be the first Nokia device to come bundled with the company's new Comes With Music service, which will grant purchasers one year of unlimited access to the Nokia Music Store catalog.

The XpressMusic will be on sale by the end of the year, but will not be bundled with Comes With Music until early next year.

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