If you have been following the Symbian world, the latest hot news is the announcement of the first Symbian^3 phone by Nokia (the N8).
However, between Symbian^1 and Symbian^3 there is missing number – so what is it going on with Symbian^2? While Symbian^2 is not a revolutionary step in platform functionality, it is in terms of Open Source working practices.
Despite the fact that Symbian^2 remains SFL, and hence its source still open only to members, there are currently 24 contributions from non-Package Owner companies that have been accepted into the MCL, and another 50 still going through the review process.
So why is this important? Firstly, because it clearly signals the willingness of Symbian members to make source contributions and to improve the overall quality of the platform.
Secondly, because Symbian^2 is a foundation release and most of these quality improvements are still relevant for Symbian^3.
Kudos goes to DOCOMO as the main contributor and to all the package owners that are providing feedback and managing these contributions. To all of you: Thanks and Keep up the good work!