2/24/2004 - Arima Group and Symbian Limited announced that Arima, a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of mobile terminals, notebooks PCs and opto-electronics, has signed an agreement to license Symbian OS for Arima’s development of smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.
Arima plans to develop a series of market-driven, advanced smartphones to sell to the world’s leading mobile phone companies and mobile network service providers under an Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) business model. Arima is a leading ODM supplier of GSM/GPRS terminals to many top-tier brands worldwide.
Arima’s first product, based on Symbian OS v7.0 will use the UIQ user interface platform licensed from UIQ Technology AB. UIQ is a customizable user interface platform for media-rich mobile terminals based on Symbian OS. Arima’s first Symbian OS-based smartphone will be the ASP805 which is scheduled to launch later this year. Symbian OS licensees now account for over 85% of worldwide mobile phone sales. In 2003, more than 6.67million phones based on Symbian OS were shipped worldwide.
Arima selected Symbian OS for its market leading position as the industry standard operating system for advanced mobile terminals, adopted by the world’s leading handset manufacturers. Symbian OS’ advanced, open technology will enable Arima to develop and bring to market high quality and differentiated smartphones for customers worldwide. Integrated with Symbian OS, Arima Group is capable of providing an integration platform that easily supports fast changing market trends and meets customers’ needs worldwide with a complete, worry-free, lower cost solution. The growing commercial ecosystem around Symbian OS will enable Arima and its customers to benefit from a wide range of differentiating third party technologies, applications and services.
Arima’s approach benefits large handset manufacturers, network operators and service providers through development cost savings. This will also enable software developers to create and port Symbian OS applications for various customers’ special needs.
Stephen Lee, CEO, Arima Group, said: "We are very pleased to sign this agreement which enables Arima to use Symbian OS as a platform for our smartphone development. We were able to rapidly develop the advanced ASP805 that our customers are already asking for. We will leverage our well-established capabilities and resources to provide terminal suppliers with an alternative source of competitive Symbian OS platform designs, which will allow us flexibility in customizing features and Industrial Design outlooks that meet customers’ expectations.”
David Levin, CEO, Symbian Limited, said: "We are very pleased to welcome Arima as a Symbian OS licensee. Arima is one of the world’s leading original design mobile terminal manufacturers with a worldwide customer base. We very much look forward to working with Arima to develop Symbian OS phones for customers worldwide.”
About Arima Group
The Arima Group is a provider of product designs, manufacturing and logistic services for many of the world's leading mobile terminal, information technology and consumer electronic brands. Established in 1989, the Arima Group headquarters are located in Taipei in Taiwan with global operations spanning over Taiwan, China, Europe, Japan and North America.
The Arima Group has over 12,000 employees (of which 2,000 are in R&D), and has achieved revenues in excess of $3 Billion in 2003. Able to work under the Contract Manufacturing (CM), Joint Design (JDM) and Original Design Models (ODM), maintains the highest standards on Quality Assurance (ISO 9002, ISO 9001 and IS14000) in an environmental friendly ecosystem.
Arima is one of the largest manufacturers of mobile terminals and wireless data modules in Taiwan with products certified on all major wireless networks worldwide. Production is growing at a rate of over 50% per year. Many of the world's leading mobile terminals brands are customers of the Arima Group.
About Symbian Ltd
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 mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 and A925 for 3, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F900i, F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7700, 7650, 6600, 6620, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 and N-Gage. www.symbian.com
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