Symbian is an operative system exclusively designed for cell phones. It was created by an alliance between several cell phone companies, companies such as: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic, Motorola, PSION, LG, Samsung, Siemens, Arima, Beng, Sharp, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Mitsubishi Electric, among others. It is based in its predecessor, the EPOC3 system, which was used in Handhelds and PDA’s.
This operative system was introduced in the market to compete with the other operative systems that were popular at the time, such as the great operative system for Palms developed by Windows (Windows Mobile).
During the year 2003, Nokia bought a percentage of actions to Motorola, for its participation in the associations, which was already established; a few after, Nokia acquired half of Sony Ericsson’s actions; and, around July of 2008, it managed to fully buy the operative system, acquiring 52% of the remaining actions, to lately form the Symbian foundation, with the action of Nokia and the other corporations, been the objective of this associations to form an open source operative system, like the other programs and applications that have open source.
Which cell phones use the Symbian system?
Nowadays, the operative system used by most Nokia cell phones, unlike Sony Ericsson, which uses this operative system in some cell phones that possess the Walkman application and personal organization incorporated, among these cell phones we find the following: W960i, P800, P802, P910, P990, P1i, P900, W950, G705, G900 and M600i. While the other cell phone producers use the operative system, but in a smaller proportion, such as:
- Motorola: which uses this system it in its models A925, A1000, A1010, Z8, Z10, A920 and A728.
- Samsung: which employs this operative system in its models SGH-G810, SGH-i450, SGH-i550, SGH-i520, SGH-i560, SGH-i8510, SGH-D720 and SGH-D730.
- Panasonic: this manufacturer only uses it in its models X700 and X800.
- Siemens: they employ it exclusively in their model SX1.
How many interfaces does Symbian have?
This operative system is constituted by six user interfaces or different platforms, which are:
- The 60 series, the 80 series, the 90 series and the 40 series: which are used in Nokia cell phones and any other which has the Symbian operative system.
- The UIQ technology: mainly used by Sony Ericson and Motorola; this technology, unlike the other interfaces, has the option to use touch screens and its applications are created through the C++ language and Java Me. Besides, the user is able to modify the code, because it is an Open Source software.
- The MOAP technology: this technology was exclusively elaborated to be used in the NTT – Docomo 3G mobile phones.
How can I acquire applications for Symbian?
Applications for Symbian can be obtained through any web site that provides applications, among these pages we can find:
- Javasymbian (http://www.javasymbian.org): it offers the user a great variety of programs in Java programming, which are compatible with Symbian. To be able to install them in your cell phone, you only need to download the application you want to use and then transfer it through a USB cable. To obtain more information, you can go directly to the forum of the previously mentioned web site.
- Symbianapplications (http://symbianapplications.net): this web is in English and, as the other one, provides great applications for your cell phone.