Symbian Smartphone Licensing

Nine manufacturers of furniture equipment license currently software platform for Symbian smartphones, having been sold during the first half over 2,680,000 of equipment with this system. During this period were in 26 development equipment with Symbian software, while only a dozen were already being marketed.

According to company information, disclosed yesterday with the unaudited financial results, the licensing of software for mobile phones has generated revenue of $10,200,000 pounds, about EUR 14,700,000, and increased the revenues of the Symbian in about 55%, for a total turnover of 21,100,000 pounds, which equals 30,400,000 euros. Still, the company’s results were negative, although the losses have been reduced to £ 15 million, or EUR 21,600,000.

Between the developing phones for nine different manufacturers, Symbian believes that most will be on the market in the next 18 months, and the results of the first half secured mainly by sales of the Nokia 7650 and 3650, in addition to the Sony Ericsson P800. By the end of the year will hit stores the model Samsung SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, Nokia N-Gage and Nokia 6600, also based on the Symbian operating system.

Although smartphone sales are still a small percentage of the total number of mobile phones sold, according to Photionary.com, the market share of these equipments is increasing and even stealing customers to PDAs. According to a recent study by the IDC sales consultant of PDAs will fall for the second consecutive year in 2003, while smartphones must be this year’s most significant growth ever, with planned sales of around 13 million units.

David Levin, Symbian’s executive director, said in a statement that the company’s expectations for the second half of the year are positive, but will depend on the success of sales significantly mobile phones with Symbian operating system that will be placed on the market in the meantime.

Recalled that Symbian is an international consortium formed by Motorola, Psion, Ericsson, Nokia and Matsushita, five of the largest world manufacturers of mobile phones and PDAs. The company faces competition from manufacturers of mobile devices like the Palm that are wagered in developing convergent equipment and the recent onslaught of Microsoft in this area.