Europe invests in Symbian

symbian os set free now open source serienSymbian has a friend in Europe. A consortium of eight European countries and 24 organizations, known as “Symbian – the Embedded Operating System for Europe” has pledged to invest €22 million into the next generation Symbian platform, according to the official Symbian blog. The consortium goes by SYMBEOSE for short, and all the companies involved has chosen to remain anonymous.

Unfortunately, outside of Europe, Symbian is not getting the attention it needs to remain competitive. U.S. consumers and carriers have snubbed Nokia and Symbian for years, instead opting for smartphone operating systems by RIM, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. In 2008, Nokia opened the open-source Symbian Foundation to help the struggling OS gain traction, but it has done little to turn the tides for Symbian. Until today, possibly.

“…the Symbian platform was this week endorsed by the Artemis Joint Technology Initiative and specifically identified as a unique technology that is a vital focus for European-centric mobile software development,” said the post, leading us to wonder how a poorly adopted OS is a “vital focus” for Europe. Do Europeans simply wish to be different?

Cloud computing, multi-core processing, and asymmetrical multiprocessing are among some of the ideas mentioned for future versions of Symbian. The question is, will it do any good? Even Microsoft is having trouble in the mobile market (though its UK sales are great so far). Symbian may not stand a chance.