Symbian reported that 19.6 million handsets with its operating system were shipped in second quarter 2008, bringing the total cumulative number of Symbian handsets in the market to 225.9 million.
However the company said that the average royalty per unit declined from $4.40 in the first half of 2007 to $3.70 in the first half of 2008. Symbian said the reason for the decline was because licensees were migrating to the v9 of Symbian OS, which has a different licensing pricing structure. There are currently 159 Symbian phone models available globally from eight handset vendors. Another 92 handsets are in development.
Nokia announced in June that it would acquire the remaining interest in Symbian. The deal is supposed to be completed in the second half of the year.
- see this press release
Nokia to acquire Symbian and open software platform