Psion has launched its most aggressive bid to challenge the Microsoft CE handheld operating system by creating a new organisation to market its own alternative, the Epoc 32 platform.
The UK handheld developer will set up the Symbian venture with Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola. Symbian will license Epoc 32 to mobile equipment developers and ensure that the technology supports initiatives such as Java, the mobile Web access protocol WAP, and the emerging radio networking standard, Bluetooth.
Symbian's chief executive Colly Myers said: "We plan to establish Epoc as the de facto operating system for mobile wireless information devices and further drive innovation and market growth."
Last year Psion hit out at Windows CE, claiming the launch of the operating system was prompted purely by Microsoft's need to grow its own market, rather than by user need.
According to a document seen by 'VNU Newswire' last year, Psion claimed Pocket Word and Pocket Excel - two of the cutdown applications that run with CE - are so limited in functionality when compared to their desktop equivalents that they are similar in name only.
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