Vodafone Software Package Out to S60 Licensees

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 14, 2007

Nokia and Vodafone following their collaboration on the development of S60 software on Symbian OS announced the release of the first Vodafone specific software package to all S60 licensees.

The S60 platform and the Vodafone specific software offer an integrated reference implementation enabling Vodafone to roll out innovative new services to customers across a range of different handsets without having to develop a range of different software designs. Samsung and Nokia are expected to be the first handset vendors to ship devices incorporating this software in 2007.

“Vodafone’s customers will benefit as we are able to get our services out faster and more cost-effectively on a wide range of devices from several handset brands. Handset vendors will benefit from saving development costs while maintaining the ability to differentiate on additional functionality and industrial design,” said Jens Schulte-Bockum, Global Director of Terminals, Vodafone.

” SGH-i520 will be our first model built on S60 with all of the latest multimedia features and high speed data connectivity (HSDPA). It is very exciting to lead the trend towards open mobile software platforms with these leading brands. Starting with i520, we will introduce further enhanced lineup based on S60 with Samsung’s differentiated multimedia features,” said Chul-hwan Lee, Senior VP, Mobile R&D Team, Samsung Electronics. Samsung’s SGH-i520 will be available to Vodafone customers in Q1, 2007.

“S60 software plays a key role in delivering our vision on connected multimedia experiences. Nokia N95 multimedia computer is a quantum leap in this development. Nokia N95 based on S60 software allows consumers to enrich their mobile experiences with a multitude of add-on services and applications. The collaboration between S60 and Vodafone ensures that Vodafone services will work seamlessly on this iconic product without any penalty on time to market,” said Juha Putkiranta, Senior VP, Multimedia Computer, Nokia.

“S60 accelerates innovation creating a great mobile experience. Open platforms offer the broadest device portfolio, customization and service portfolio to operators, ” said Tero Ojanpera, CTO, Nokia.

The collaboration between Vodafone, S60 and selected handset vendors also covers joint marketing activities aimed at Vodafone’s customers.