Symbian Showcases Phones and Mobile Solutions at CTIA Wireless

3/23/2004 - At CTIA, booth 4665, Symbian demonstrates leadership in the smartphone market with market figures, new licensees, new phones, and innovative mobile solutions.

Symbian Highlights 2004 at CTIA

Latest Symbian OS licensee announced at CTIA
Lenovo, formerly known as The Legend Group, China’s largest IT corporation and handset manufacturer has licensed Symbian OS for development of mobile phones for 2.5G and 3G networks. Lenovo will use Symbian OS to support their innovative and differentiated offerings in a highly competitive Chinese handset market.

New Symbian OS licensee – LG Electronics
LG Electronics, the world's fifth largest mobile phone manufacturer and the world leader in CDMA, has licensed Symbian OS as its platform for the development of smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.

New Symbian OS licensee – Arima
Arima, the leading Taiwanese ODM manufacturer of mobile terminals, has licensed Symbian OS as its platform for development of smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide. Arima's first Symbian OS-based smartphone will be the ASP805 which is scheduled to launch later this year and will incorporate the UIQ Platform.

Symbian 2003 global shipment results
Global shipments of Symbian OS-based phones reached a total of 6.67 million. 18 Symbian OS phones from five Symbian OS licensees were shipping Q4 2003 and eight new Symbian OS phones were launched in Q4 2003 alone. At the end of Q4 2003 there were 26 phones and variants based on Symbian OS under development by nine licensees.

Latest release of Symbian OS
Symbian OS is designed to meet the needs of Symbian OS licensees, network operators and enterprises. Symbian OS version 8.0 offers new ‘hard’ real-time capabilities, an enhanced device management framework, an upgraded multimedia framework and further improvements to its market-leading Java capabilities.

Symbian OS applications sales increased 240% in 2003
Symbian OS applications are the most downloaded smartphone applications on Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads for phones and handhelds. Handango’s Symbian OS application sales increased at an average of 20% each month in 2003, with customers purchasing 12% more applications (in USD) for Symbian OS phones than for other leading mobile devices.

Samsung SGH-D710 Symbian OS smartphone
The Samsung SGH-D710 is the first Symbian OS-based smartphone from Samsung. Weighing only 110g and measuring 10 x 5 x 2 cm, the SGH-D710 features a sliding key pad and 16-bit screen, and a one-megapixel camera. It contains 64 MB of built-in ROM and 32 MB of RAM available to users, and offers extra storage support for the RS-MMC format. The SGH-D710 utilizes the Series 60 user interface, including polyphonic ringtones, voice recognition support and video recording and playback applications.

Motorola A1000 – sixth Symbian OS 3G smartphone
The Motorola A1000 is the third smartphone from Motorola to be based on Symbian OS and is the sixth Symbian OS 3G smartphone in the market. The A1000 incorporates the UIQ user interface and allows users to conduct a phone call while simultaneously using other wireless services such as surfing the Internet or accessing corporate data.

Panasonic announces X700 smartphone based on Symbian OS
The Panasonic X700 is the company’s first smartphone based on Symbian OS and incorporates the Series 60 user interface. With a stylish compact clamshell design and MiniSD card, the X700 is the smallest smartphone based on Symbian OS yet. X700 shipments are expected to begin across Europe in Fall 2004.

New Nokia Communicator based on Symbian OS
Like its predecessors, the Nokia 9500 Communicator is based on Symbian OS and features the most popular office solutions including email, personal information management, web browsing and document and presentation creation. Designed to meet the demands of corporate IT departments for customization, manageability and security, the tri-band device supports EGPRS (EDGE) and WiFi 802.11b, and is expected to be available in during Q4 2004.

Symbian strengthens its position in the 3G market – FOMA F900i based on Symbian OS
Fujitsu Limited’s latest 3G handset, the FOMA F900i, is based on Symbian OS and began shipping in February. The FOMA F900i is the third Symbian OS smartphone built by Fujitsu exclusively for the NTT DoCoMo FOMA 3G network in Japan. It follows the Operator Technology Integrator agreement between Symbian and NTT DoCoMo signed in September 2003, which gives NTT DoCoMo access to Symbian OS source code and the right to deliver extended versions of this code to phone manufacturers that are Symbian OS licensees.

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 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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