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Symbians no longer open source

Nokia opts for closed licensing on the Symbians platform and restricts the number of developers.

Nokia’s Symbian will no longer be an open source platform, the Finnish handset maker has announced.

Hence, all the developer source code for the development of this operating system will be released only for the collaborators.

“As we have consistently said, Nokia is making the Symbian platform available under an alternative, open and direct model, to enable us to continue working with the remaining Japanese OEMs and the relatively small community of platform development collaborators we are already working with,” said Nokia in an official blog post.

The blog added, “Through these pages we are releasing source code to these collaborators, but are not maintaining Symbian as an open source development project.”

But even though Nokia has announced change in the strategy for Symbians, existing users should not worry as Nokia promises to support Symbians even long after the transition to Microsoft has taken place.

Nokia is even planning to support both the platforms, Symbians and Windows Phone, simultaneously and as of now no discontinuation date for Symbian devices in India has been announced by Nokia.

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