Android-challenging Symbian OS goes open source

Symbian has announced it is to make the move from its old proprietary coded platform to a completely free, open source one instead.The OS will make th

Symbian has announced it is to make the move from its old proprietary coded platform to a completely free, open source one instead.

The OS will make the change today, giving developers a whole load more access to shape the phone how they see fit.

And while phones may be the main place you see Symbian taking shape, the fact the Symbian code is open means that it can be tweaked and modified and added to any device – even a tablet.

This may sound similar to Google's open-sourced Android, but Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation says not: “About a third of the Android code base is open and nothing more, and what is open is a collection of middleware. Everything else is closed or proprietary."

He added: "We are offering developers the ability to do so much more.”

Although the move has been on the cards since Nokia hopped on board last year, it is ready four months ahead of schedule so developers can get to working on it sooner rather than later.

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Via: Wired