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Intel teams up with Symbian

The growing momentum behind the smart phone industry continued today as Intel announced that it is joining the Symbian partner program.

The growing momentum behind the smart phone industry continued today as Intel announced that it is joining the Symbian platinum partner program.

The smart phone is a voice centric device with data capabilities similar to those of a PDA. The world’s major mobile manufacturers are promoting Symbian as the industry standard operating system but Microsoft is pushing its own alternative operating system, Windows CE.

According to the analyst firm Canalys, the EMEA mobile device market grew 125% year-on-year in Q1 2003, with Symbian based devices taking 53% and Microsoft CE taking 24% of the market share.

“The wireless industry is in the midst of a significant shift from simple voice-only phones to data-enabled smart phones that combine communications, wireless Internet access and computing functionality,” said Tony Sica, vice president of Intel’s wireless communications and computing group and director of marketing.

He added: “Intel becoming a Symbian platinum partner is the result of close co-operation between our two companies and a shared vision to help bring data applications and services to mobile phones.”

Membership of the Symbian platinum partner program will allow Intel access to Symbian OS source code as well as a number of commercial services. Intel will start providing smart phone designers with a new software development kit that includes Symbian OS version 7.0.

“This relationship will help provide our licensees with ‘state of the art’ solutions optimised for Symbian OS, and help to bring a variety of feature-rich multimedia solutions to market,” said Gilles Allain, vice president of partnerships and alliances at Symbian.

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