1/23/2003 - Sendo Holdings Ltd. and Symbian Ltd announce that Sendo, the British mobile phone manufacturer, has signed an agreement to license the Symbian OS for use in its smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.
As previously announced, Sendo’s first Symbian OS product will be a data-enabled smartphone using the Series 60 User Interface platform which Sendo has licensed from Nokia. The Series 60 User Interface platform is specifically designed to provide a user interface for Symbian OS devices.
Sendo selected Symbian OS on the basis of its market and technical merits. Symbian OS is the de facto industry standard operating system for advanced mobile phones which has been adopted by mobile phone manufacturers worldwide. Using the advanced, open Symbian OS, Sendo will create innovative and highly differentiated smartphones for customers worldwide. Sendo’s customers will also benefit from developers creating third party applications and services for Symbian OS phones.
Hugh Brogan, CEO, Sendo Holdings Plc, said, “Licensing Symbian OS is an important part of our mission to provide customers in worldwide markets with feature-rich and ubiquitous smartphones devices. Symbian OS is based on open standards and technologies such as MMS and Java and has been developed in partnership with the mobile industry. Having access to Symbian OS source code, as well as Symbian OS’s inherent flexibility and openness, means we can rapidly develop differentiated devices that fully meet our customers’ needs.”
David Levin, CEO, Symbian Ltd., said, “We are delighted to welcome Sendo as a Symbian OS licensee. Sendo is an emerging force in the smartphone market and we look forward to working with them as they develop innovative, differentiated Series 60 devices, extending the choice of Symbian OS products available to customers worldwide.”
Symbian develops and licenses the global industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. The world’s leading handset manufacturers license Symbian OS, including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees represent over 75% of worldwide mobile phone sales. Symbian's mission is to create a global mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling its licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced Symbian OS phones include the Fujitsu F2051 for NTT DoCoMo’s 3G FOMA network, Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9210 series, 7650, 3650 and N-Gage. As at December 2002, 8 Symbian licensees had 20 Symbian OS phones in development.
Sendo, headquartered in the United Kingdom, started shipping its first terminals to operator customers in Europe and Asia in May 2001. The company is now shipping five products in over twenty countries in Europe and Asia, with the USA soon to follow. Sendo offers high-performance, competitively priced, reliable products and services to the cellular market. Sendo has been established with the needs of the wireless carriers and consumers in mind. The company offers a complete custom program, from exclusively branded phones, matched fulfillment programs and software with dedicated services. Details of the company are available at www.sendo.com
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