Symbian Foundation to cut staff

 

Transitions to licensee status.

The Symbian Foundation is set to make layoffs and cut operations as the organisation moves from platform steward to software licensee.

It announced today it would be leaving its non-profit organisation tag behind and become a “legal entity responsible for licensing software and other intellectual property,” including the Symbian trademark itself.

As a result of the change in direction, the Symbian Foundation said the first phase would involve cutting staff numbers and reducing operations.

However, no numbers were given and only the promise they would be revealed at a later date.

“The founding board members took a bold strategic step in setting up the foundation, which was absolutely the right decision at the time,” said Tim Holbrow, executive director of the Symbian Foundation.

“There has since been a seismic change in the mobile market but also more generally in the economy, which has led to a change in focus for some of our funding board members.

"The result of this is that the current governance structure for the Symbian platform – the foundation – is no longer appropriate.”

Spokespeople were keen to point out the Symbian platform itself was not dead in the water and claimed it still had the support of major manufacturers, as well as managing to ship over 400 million devices so far this year.

Nokia remains committed to Symbian as the most used smartphone platform around the world,” said Jo Harlow, senior vice president of smartphones at the Finish mobile manufacturer.

“The Nokia N8 generated the highest online pre-orders we’ve ever experienced and we have a family of Symbian^3 smartphones… available now. Nokia expects to sell more than 50 million Symbian^3 smartphones.”

Nokia will now take on the responsibility of developing the operating system.

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk

Copyright © ITPro, Dennis Publishing


Symbian Foundation to cut staff
 
 
 
Top Stories
Earning the right to innovate
Breaking down the barriers to innovation is a long, but rewarding process, says Bank of Queensland Group CIO, Julie Bale.
 
A call for timely reporting
[Blog post] Businesses need incentives to keep customer data secure.
 
Doubts cast on Queensland's ICT Dashboard
Opposition, former Govt CIO say it can't be trusted.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  26%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  29%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  23%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  5%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 830

Vote