By Philip Fenton
Nokia and Siemens have agreed to work together to encourage the development of open source software for mobile devices.
Nokia and Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens IC Mobile) have agreed to work together to encourage the implementation of mobile handset software based on open standards.Within the agreed framework the two companies will explore opportunities to maximise interoperability between mobile devices and applications, adding value for operators, developers and consumers. The companies plan to define and promote common features for different categories of mobile platform.As a first step Nokia and Siemens have agreed to provide common tools for creating mobile software applications. In addition, Siemens will license the Series 60 software platform, which will be further developed in conjunction with Nokia. "Interoperability is the key for the future," said Peter Zapf, president of mobile phones within the Information and Communication Mobile Group. "In order to achieve consumer and operator acceptance, full interoperability between different devices, applications, services and networks has to be achieved. Siemens and Nokia will together drive the future of mobile communication and we invite other players in the market to join us."The collaboration is an important milestone in the development of next generation mobile services, said Pertti Korhonen, senior vice president, mobile software, Nokia. "This announcement is significant for the entire mobile industry, as our collaboration with Siemens will create the first real manifestation of a vision for handset-vendor-independent and interoperable solutions based on open industry standards. This initiative will benefit developers and operators not only because of the common software design, but also through the combined ability that Nokia and Siemens will be able to provide in distributing the applications and tools,"