Nokia Gets One Step Closer To Symbian Control

German regulators have now approved the deal for Nokia to buy out Psion’s share in Symbian meaning that the last regulatory hurdle has been removed for Nokia to take control of Symbian. Of course, it remains to be seen if, as expected, other owners such as Ericsson will use their rights to get more equity as well. Nokia plays down these concerns by claiming (yeah, sure) that they actually hope the other owners do up their equity stakes, saying: “A crucial part of Symbian’s staying power in the competitive mobile OS market will continue to be based on the multi-vendor ownership structure which includes key handset manufacturers.” While that statement may be true, that doesn’t necessarily mean Nokia really wants it to be that way.

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