Nokia CEO sees new Symbian platform on handsets in 2010

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said the company will be expanding the functions on its handsets to create better user experiences, and said the acquisition of the Symbian operating system, and the creation of the Symbian Foundation would lead to a new royalty-free, open-source platform on its handsets in 2010.

In an interview with Information Week, Kallasvuo said Nokia understands the handset industry is in the middle of a transformation, and is moving toward a more experience-oriented model. He said Nokia would be using its Ovi platform to expand more services and applications, noting that this has already started with Nokia's Comes With Music program. The program, which gives some Nokia users free music downloads for a year, has received a chilly response so far in Europe.

He also talked about how Nokia's acquisition of the Symbian OS, combined with Nokia's S60, DoCoMo's Mobile Oriented application Platform and UIQ would create a new kind of open mobile platform. Kallasvuo said the first new Symbian OS-based handsets will roll out from Nokia in 2010, and though he did not acknowledge Google's Android OS by name, said Symbian would perform better because it has a proven track record of success.   

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