Sharp Licenses Symbian OS for Advanced Mobile Phones

12/7/2004 - Symbian Limited announced that Sharp Corporation has licensed Symbian OSTM for the development of its advanced-featured mobile phones also called smartphones. Symbian OS is the global industry standard operating system for smartphones and is licensed to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. Almost 20 million phones based on Symbian OS have been shipped worldwide to date.

Sharp has chosen Symbian OS to deliver advanced mobile phones with the features that network operators around the world. By adopting the open standard Symbian OS technology, Sharp can benefit from reduced phone development costs, accelerated time-to-market and the ability to add unique differentiating features to phones.

David Levin, CEO of Symbian said, “We are delighted that Sharp has become a Symbian OS licensee. Sharp’s mobile phones are supplied to network operators across Europe and Japan and the company shares the same vision as Symbian in making highly-featured, different and innovative mobile phones. Symbian is pleased to work with Sharp and to support them in their plans increase their mobile phone shipments internationally.”

About Sharp Corporation
Sharp Corporation is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies , Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. Sharp Corporation employs about 55,000 people in the world (as of October 31, 2004 ) and recorded consolidated annual sales of over 2,257,273 million yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.

About Symbian Limited
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and close to 20 million have been sold to date. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

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