Nokia and Symbian square up to Google Android

Ok, mobile operating systems don’t normally float our gadget–laden boat. But with Android ready to rock at the end of this year, Nokia has

Ok, mobile operating systems don’t normally float our gadget–laden boat. But with Android ready to rock at the end of this year, Nokia has weighed in today with the Symbian Foundation.

The new alliance will make the world’s most popular mobile OS open source, with major players from Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and even Vodafone queuing up to contribute. With all these developers on board, the hope is to one–up Android's already impressive list of apps.

The Symbian Foundation's plan is to advance on the current platform and make it, well, a world beater. And if that involves slapping down Google’s efforts before they even release a handset, then so be it.

It’s all come about thanks to Nokia ponying up the cash for Symbian and then handing it over to its rivals. The result? Well, better mobiles all round and keeping geeks like us happy. Good times!