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Symbian websites closing doors 17 December

Symbian future looking uncertain
Symbian future looking uncertain

The Symbian Foundation has announced it is shutting down its websites from the 17 December as it "transitions to a licensing body".

The Foundation will continue to operate by licensing out software and maintaining intellectual property, but developers will no longer be able to get hold of the source code directly from the website.

Instead, the source code, kits, wiki, bug database, reference documentation and Symbian Ideas will likely be available for a small fee on DVD or memory stick - but this won't be available until 31 January 2011 at the earliest.

Still happy about apps

The Symbian Foundation's Twitter feed and Facebook account will close too, although Symbian Signed, the application approval process, will continue to run.

Nokia has "committed to make the future development of the Symbian platform available to the ecosystem via an alternative direct and open model", so it will be interesting to see just what that is.

But for now, it looks like Symbian is slowly winding down, or at the very least, that it's going to be Nokia's baby from now on.

From The Symbian Foundation

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.