Will The Real Symbian Please Step Forward

Despite, or probably more likely due to, being backed by the world’s top mobile handset makers, Symbian has suffered an identity crisis over the last couple of years. The Register has a great piece on Symbian’s struggle to decide whether or not it was in the mobile device UI business. For some time it seemed that they were just about the OS and letting Nokia go out and sell Series 60 and 80 as the UI layer. Now with the buzz around the Sony Ericsson P800 and the Symbian UIQ interface they seem to be back in the UI game. Only time will really tell since Nokia has licensed Series 60 to practically everyone. But Nokia could easily be the victim of the same anti-800-pound-guerilla sentiment that is hurting Microsoft’s wireless efforts. This might give underdog UIQ an fighting chance.

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