UIQ Shuttering Its Operations - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
News
1/5/2009
02:59 PM
50%
50%

UIQ Shuttering Its Operations

Although the company is shutting down, parts of the mobile operating system will live on in the open source Symbian.

UIQ Technology has filed for financial assistance, and the company responsible for licensing the UIQ user interface for Symbian smartphones said it will shut down.

The move isn't much of a surprise, as its joint owners, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, dropped support for the platform last year. Motorola, in the midst of a massive restructuring effort, said it would rely on a homegrown Linux OS for low-end phones, Android for midlevel phones, and Windows Mobile for its smartphones. Sony Ericsson also is facing tough business months ahead, and it has committed to Windows Mobile and Symbian.

But it became clear that UIQ would probably not survive once Nokia purchased Symbian with the goal of turning it into an open source, royalty-free operating system. The new Symbian will combine elements of UIQ, S60, and DoCoMo's Mobile Oriented Applications Platform, and handsets will be commercially available in 2010.

Before Nokia's open source Symbian announcement, UIQ was having trouble gaining traction. While it was featured on smartphones like the Sony Ericsson P series and Motorola's A1000, most Symbian smartphones used the S60 interface.

"There are no opportunities to create a new line of business in the current financial climate," UIQ CEO Johan Sandberg told Reuters.

Symbian is the most widely used smartphone operating system on the planet with nearly 50% of the market, but it's seeing increased competition from Apple, Google's Android, Research In Motion's BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile.

While it is powerful and capable, Symbian is seen as having a slightly outdated user interface compared with the iPhone 3G and newer BlackBerrys. Elements of UIQ could give the new Symbian some visual panache, as well as a stronger focus on touch interface.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
IT Careers: 10 Industries with Job Openings Right Now
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  5/27/2020
Commentary
How 5G Rollout May Benefit Businesses More than Consumers
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  5/21/2020
News
IT Leadership in Education: Getting Online School Right
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/20/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
Download this report from InformationWeek, in partnership with Dark Reading, to learn more about how today's IT operations teams work with cybersecurity operations, what technologies they are using, and how they communicate and share responsibility--or create risk by failing to do so. Get it now!
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll