12/11/2002 - Symbian Ltd. announces that its licensee Fujitsu has completed development of a Symbian OS smartphone for NTT DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network. Fujitsu will begin volume shipments to NTT DoCoMo shortly.
This is the first Symbian OS smartphone to be launched in Japan and is also the first Symbian OS 3G smartphone. The product marks an impressive step forward with an enhanced graphical user interface, still and movie camera, email capability as well as advanced PIM applications. This product is the result of close co-operation between Symbian and Fujitsu both to create a Symbian OS user interface for the Japanese language as well to optimize Symbian OS for NTT DoCoMo's 3G FOMA network.
"We are delighted that Fujitsu has completed its product development for NTT DoCoMo. This is the first 3G Symbian OS smartphone and the first Symbian OS product to be launched in Japan. Fujitsu has been an outstanding partner and has used the flexibility of the Symbian OS to the full to create this highly differentiated product. Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of worldwide mobile phone sales (1) and with Symbian OS products now being launched for the 3G market, Symbian is the de facto industry standard operating system for 2.5 and 3G smartphones. Symbian OS enables manufacturers and network operators to offer their customers a choice of strongly differentiated, feature-rich smartphones that can access compelling applications, content and services," said David Levin, CEO, Symbian Ltd.
(1) Source: Gartner Dataquest (November 2002) "Worldwide Mobile Terminal Market Shares 3Q02."
Exposium03: On April 29-30 2003, Symbian is hosting Exposium03, an open mobile phone industry exhibition and developer conference that brings together contributors to the Symbian OS ecosystem participating in the institution of industry standards, through hardware architecture, Symbian OS technology, UI design, value-add applications, services, content and retail chains. Attendees build a custom agenda, choosing from keynote addresses, development and technical sessions, training and exhibits. Exposium03 will be held at the London's ExCel Centre.
Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the industry standard operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's top handset manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of worldwide mobile phone sales.
Symbian's mission is to create a mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling Symbian OS licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced Symbian OS phones include the Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 7650, 3650 and N-Gage. Currently, there are 20 Symbian OS phones under development (December 02). For more information, please visit www.symbian.com
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