Nokia and Siemens to Collaborate on Mobile Software
Nokia and Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens IC Mobile) today announced that the companies have agreed on a framework of collaboration to create and drive the implementation of mobile terminal software based on open standards. Within this framework the companies will start to explore new opportunities to achieve maximum interoperability between mobile devices and applications, thus adding value for operators, developers, corporations and consumers. The companies intend to define and promote common functionality and features for different mobile terminal platform categories throughout the industry.
As the first steps in the collaboration, Nokia and Siemens have agreed to combine their efforts in mobile terminal software applications by providing common tools and by creating new market-making opportunities for developers. In addition, Siemens will license the Series 60 software platform and start to further develop the platform together with Nokia.
To further increase interoperability, the companies have also agreed to support and actively contribute to the work on key open standards and technologies in respective standardization and industry forums. In addition, the companies aim to identify new areas in which they can implement and promote open standards.
Together with Nokia, Siemens will implement the Series 60 software platform in Symbian OS-based smart phones. The companies will also work together on the future development of the Series 60. Thus, programming interfaces, that are necessary to develop applications and related tools, will be available to software developers worldwide on both companies' websites. As the programming interfaces will be the same, developers will enjoy significant benefits through easy access to both the Nokia and Siemens product platforms.