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Burleigh Waters, Queensland, Australia, 2009/07/21 - DreamSpring, a specialist in innovative smartphone software, announced its new status as a member of the Symbian Foundation, the creator of an open platform for smartphones.
DreamSpring today announced that it has joined the Symbian Foundation, which, together with its ecosystem, is creating the most proven, open and complete mobile software platform. The platform is based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, and Sony Ericsson, including the S60 and MOAP(S) user interfaces. Portions of the source code are already being moved to open source, under the Eclipse Public License. By mid-2010, this process will be complete.
“The Symbian Foundation welcomes DreamSpring Pty Ltd into the community,” said David Wood, catalyst and futurist for Symbian. “Applications developers are crucial to creating the richest possible user experiences. We are eager to see the innovations that DreamSpring will bring to Symbian consumers.”
As a member of the Symbian Foundation, DreamSpring gains the immediate right to license the Symbian Foundation platform, royalty free and without source code fees; participate in the governance of the foundation; and take part in joint marketing and branding campaigns.
About the announcement, Managing Director Malcolm Lithgow says: “As a creator of life management applications, we believe Symbian Foundation's open platform will accelerate innovation and benefit everyone in the smartphone industry. We are excited about the possibilities of tighter integration and easier implementation of more powerful features.”
DreamSpring (dreamspring.com) was established as a new venture by the former co-founder of an internet security company that is now a part of IBM. DreamSpring specialises in creating quality and innovative Symbian-based software to meet the changing needs of smartphone users.
The Symbian Foundation (symbian.org) is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to enable an open ecosystem that collaborates to create the most complete and richest user experiences for mobile devices. Symbian maintains the code for an open source software platform based on Symbian OS and software assets contributed by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, and Sony Ericsson, including the S60 and MOAP(S) user interfaces.
The foundation software licensing model and governance structure has been designed to secure transparency, encourage contribution and maintain platform consistency. The foundation promotes collaboration, contributions and active participation and operates as a meritocracy. Portions of the platform's source code have already been moved to open source, under the Eclipse Public License. By mid-2010 this process will be complete, making the platform code available to all for free.
The Symbian Foundation now occupies offices in the UK (London), US (Foster City), Japan (Tokyo), and Finland (Helsinki) and will soon have regional operations in China (Beijing).