Nokia today announced that over 100 million S60 devices have cumulatively been shipped by S60 licensees to date. S60 software built on Symbian OS is the world's leading smartphone software, developed by Nokia and licensed by some of the industry's top mobile device manufacturers.
With this announcement, S60 further demonstrates its strong lead in the volume market. Handset vendors, operators, developers as well as internet service providers are increasingly recognizing the potential offered by multi-vendor platforms, such as S60.
"This announcement represents a significant landmark for S60. We believe it inspires further innovation on S60. The open platform gives mobile users more choice and provides a platform upon which new applications and services can be built", said Matti Vanska, Vice President, Mobile Software Sales and Marketing, Nokia.
Speaking at the event press conference, Matti Vanska said: "We see three key trends affecting the requirements for software platforms. The mobile device is becoming the hub for personal experiences, whether focused on imaging, business, music, navigation or video. People are accessing Web 2.0 services and content with their mobile device. Thirdly, simplicity and intuitiveness of user experience are increasingly important."
S60 has made application development considerably easier with the S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. The introduction of Open C brings the standard C function libraries to S60 software, supporting increased productivity and improved time-to-market of applications. With Open C, developers can reuse existing code and focus on the mobility aspects of their applications.
S60 supports a wide selection of device segments. S60 licensees have launched devices that provide uncompromised imaging, music and video functionalities and support for the needs of business users as well as other targeted segments.
In the event, Samsung showcased their latest S60 devices, the new SGH-i400, a compact slim slider with EDGE for mainstream market, and the SGH-i520 that was launched recently. To date, 57 devices based on S60 and Symbian OS have been launched, 28 of which are based on the latest S60 3rd Edition.
The S60 Summit was held in April in Madrid and hosted a comprehensive expo that showcased over 60 demonstrations of the latest and most innovative features and solutions for S60.