3/23/2004 - Lenovo and Symbian Limited announce that Symbian and Lenovo Digital Mobile Business, Lenovo's mobile telephony division, have signed an agreement to enable Lenovo to use Symbian OS for development of mobile phones for Chinese and worldwide 2 . 5 G and 3 G network operator customers.
Lenovo's Symbian OS-based mobile phones will use the Series 60 platform licensed from Nokia. Series 60 is a user interface platform for media-rich mobile phones based on Symbian OS.China is the world's largest handset market and Lenovo will be the first Chinese manufacturer to deliver Symbian OS-based phones to its domestic and international markets.
Lenovo, formerly known as the Legend Group, the largest IT corporation in China , manufactures mobile handsets for customers worldwide . Using the advanced, open technology of Symbian OS, Lenovo will develop and bring to market innovative and highly differentiated smartphones for customers worldwide. In 2003 , more than 6 . 67 million mobile phones based on Symbian OS were shipped worldwide.
Liu Zhijun , President of Lenovo Digital Mobile Business, said: “We are very pleased to license the global market-leading Symbian OS as Lenovo's platform for smartphones. Our customers will benefit from Symbian's robust, leading technology. Lenovo's product development will leverage Symbian OS's market success that has earned worldwide support from the mobile industry's application and service development community.”
David Levin, CEO, Symbian Limited, said: “Lenovo has built a strong worldwide reputation in the personal computing industry for the quality and performance of its products. Symbian is delighted that Lenovo is now working with Symbian to develop smartphones for the Chinese and worldwide markets."
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 manufactured and announced Symbian OS-based mobile phones: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003 , over 6 . 67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and ten million were sold overall to date.
Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.
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