Smart-phone operating system developer Symbian released figures that indicate a big jump in demand for devices based on its software. Some 7.8m Symbian-based handsets shipped in Q2 FY2005, the three months to 30 June 2005, Symbian said – three times the figure for Q2 FY2004, 2.6m. As a privately held company Symbian did not publish financial performance figures.
Symbian is owned by Nokia, Ericcson, SonyEricsson, Panasonic, Siemens and Samsung, in order of the size of their shareholdings. Nokia dominates, with 47.9 per cent of the company in its portfolio, and it’s largely Nokia’s own handset shipments that have fuelled Symbian’s success.
For the first six months of the privately held company’s financial year, 14.5m devices were shipped by Symbian licensees – an increase of 190 per cent on H1 FY2004 and more than the total for FY2004 as a whole. Continue