Symbian is at the intersection between two markets that are driving the next wave of the IT industry, company chief executive Colly Myers said today.
In his keynote speech at smart phone company Symbian's inaugural developer's conference Myers said the company is at the intersection between the Internet and the arrival of a mass market for mobile phones.
"In bringing these two markets together the potential for change is enormous and this will lead to a new networked economy," said Myers.
"This new wave of computing will be bigger than the current wave driving the Internet. With smart phones, mobile users will become the first class citizens of the networked world."
Myers said in less than a year after its formation by Psion, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia, Symbian now has a global group of shareholders, partners and licensees and is well on its way to creating a new mass market for wireless information devices.
He added that the company is working with key standards within the industry such as Bluetooth, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Java to ease the growth of this market.
"We are also working closely with handset manufacturers to ensure interoperability," said Myers.
Last week, Japanese handset manufacturer Matsushita joined the Symbian consortium.
Myers said that Psion's handheld operating system EPOC that is the basis for all Symbian's developments is the ideal base from which to launch the new wave of wireless information devices.
"EPOC is the only software platform that has been tested and evaluated by all mobile manufacturers worldwide."
"This conference is only the start," he said. "If there's one message I want to get across today it's to leave the old world and welcome in the new. Don't dwell on outdated concepts. We must move quickly to embrace the mobile world."
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