Symbian announces Symbian OS version 8.0

Accelerates development of lower cost Symbian OS phones; enhances device management, multimedia and Java capabilities

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France – 23 February 2004 – Symbian Limited today announces the availability of Symbian OS version 8.0, the latest version of Symbian OS. Symbian OS is the market-leading, open standards-based smartphone operating system licensed by the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers.

Symbian OS v8.0 is designed to meet the needs of Symbian OS licensees, network operators and enterprises by driving down Symbian OS phone build cost, providing upgraded Java and multimedia capabilities, as well as advanced device management functionality.

Key Symbian OS v8.0 enhancements include:

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by visiting Symbian at stand E31, Hall 2 at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes from 23 to 26 February 2004.

Delivery of Symbian OS v8.0 to Symbian’s licensees and partners has commenced. Phones based on Symbian OS v8.0 are expected to be announced later this year.

Marit DÝving, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Symbian:
"The release of Symbian OS v8.0 will further advance Symbian’s leadership of the smartphone market. By using Symbian OS v.8.0 our licensees can develop lower cost phones which have the enhanced multimedia, Java and device management capabilities that network operators and their customers want. The potential build cost reductions, enhanced functionality and device management capabilities in this latest release of Symbian OS will drive the use of Symbian OS in lower cost, mid-tier phones, advancing the take-up of advanced services and applications being offered by 2.5G and 3G network operators worldwide.”

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About Symbian

Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 and A925 for 3, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F900i, F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7700, 7650, 6600, 6620, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 and N-Gage.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.