Symbian gets boost from Intel, next goal, take over the US handheld market

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Today at the Symbian Developer Expo in London, Intel and Symbian announced support for Intel’s XScale processors in Symbian OS version 7.0. They plan on shipping joint development kits this May to help accelerate the development of Intel’s hardware in the new Symbian-based integrated handhelds. The kit will also include support for wireless LAN, 802.11, and Bluetooth communications. Future versions will also support JVM, java virtual machine.

Symbian is best known in Europe as they power most of the mobile phones with their OS. However, as the US catches up, from a wireless standpoint, Symbian looks to gain significant market share, stealing from Microsoft and Palm. Sony Ericsson has already announced the P800 integrated phone/PDA for release in the US this Fall. More announcements are sure to come…stay turned.

Brian

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