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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

DoCoMo launches Raku-Raku with Symbian OS

Japanese top telecommunications operator, NTT DoCoMo has launched its FOMA Raku-Raku phone in the city of Tokyo, based on Symbian Operating System (OS) for open mobile smartphones.

Reacting to this development, Symbian Limited described it as a welcome development, even as the firm has commenced shipping at the weekend.

Symbian OS is the global market-leading open mobile operating system for smartphones.

Marketing Officer at Symbian Company Ltd, Kyoko Horikawa, informed in a press statement that the FOMA Raku-Raku Phone basic, is the newest handset in the Raku-Raku Phone series for people interested primarily in user-friendly handsets equipped with basic functions, and is manufactured by Symbian customer Fujitsu Limited and includes the Mobile Oriented Applications Platform (MOAP) platform.

Horikawa also said that Symbian continues to focus on delivering a flexible, robust and open mobile operating system, which gives handset manufacturers and network operators the ability to develop differentiated phones, faster, more easily and at lower cost for different market segments and regions.

“Symbian customers that have shipped Third Generation (3G) phones in Japan based on Symbian OS include Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, Nokia, Sharp, and Sony Ericsson,” the official said.

Horikawa also disclosed that Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market leading open operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones known as smartphones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers and has built close co-operative business relationships with leading companies across the mobile industry.In 2006, estimated 51.7 million Symbian smartphones were sold worldwide to over 250 major network operators, bringing the total number of Symbian smartphones shipped as at December 31, 2006 to 110 million.

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