Symbian device shipments up 5pc


Operating system Symbian said 19.6 million handsets operating one its platform were shipped in Q2.

This is an increase of five per cent from the same period last year.

However, average royalty per unit declined from $US4.40 to $US3.70 as licensees migrate onto version 9 of the Symbian OS, which has a licensing pricing structure aimed at increasing market adoption.

At the end of Q2, seven Symbian licensees had 92 phone models in development, an increase of 48 per cent on Q2 last year.

In Q2, eight handset manufacturers, including the ‘top five’, were shipping 159 Symbian-powered handset models.

Fourteen new models began shipping in Q2, including the Motorola Z10, Nokia E71, Nokia N78 and Nokia 6220, Samsung G810, Sony Ericsson G700 and Sony Ericsson G900.

In total, 9,834 third-party Symbian applications are now commercially available, a 25 per cent increase on 30 June, 2007.

Nokia’s purchase of the remaining part of Symbian it did not already own earlier this year is scheduled to be finalised by the end of the year.