The focus of the collaboration is to create an Orange specific software package to complement S60 software on Symbian OS and to accelerate the Orange device customization process. This will in turn help S60 device manufacturers, who will benefit from greater cost efficiency and shorter time-to-market. Joint activities will include creating synergies between S60 and Orange roadmaps, and testing Orange specific software assets and application development in cooperation with the Orange Partner organisation and Forum Nokia, Nokia’s global developer program.
According to Canalys research (July, 2006), S60 is the clear leader in smartphone software with over 50% market share globally. Nokia alone has cumulatively shipped more than 70 million S60 enabled devices. To date, 44 devices based on S60 and Symbian OS have been launched, 15 of which are based on S60 3rd Edition.
The S60 built on Symbian OS is the leading smartphone software in the world and is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 software allows for various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers. [October 4, 2006]
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