At the end of 2008, Nokia completed its acquisition of Symbian Ltd and work begun on developing the operating system to take on the ever advancing competition, including other open source platforms like Android.
The Symbian Foundation operating system and user interface will retain backward compatibility with existing Series 60 applications, but will also incorporate features from the failed UIQ user interface owned by Sony Ericsson and Motorola, plus MOAP from NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu.
By combining the various user interfaces and platforms, Symbian Foundation will be able to offer a royalty-free license, a unified platform with a single user interface framework.
Over 250 million handsets have been shipped to date with a Symbian operating system, with tens of thousands of applications already available.
If you want to keep up to date on what the Symbian Foundation is doing, check out their blog.
More information: www.symbianfoundation.org