|Nokia hives Symbian, staff to Accenture|
Nokia and Accenture have closed an agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture.
Under the agreement, as originally announced on June 22, 2011, Accenture will provide Symbian-based software development and support services to Nokia at least until 2016. Accenture will also become the preferred supplier for Nokia in its transition to Windows Phone.
With the closing of the agreement, around 2,300 Nokia employees from China, Finland, India, the United Kingdom and the United States will transfer to Accenture. Accenture said it will work with Avanade Microsoft technologies-focused technology service company in which it has a majority stake to provide further services to Nokia.
In November 2010, the Symbian Foundation announced its transition to a licensing-only organization because of a deficient funding from members. At the time, Nokia announced it a take over of stewardship of the Symbian platform. In February 2011, Nokia, under the helm of former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop partnered with Microsoft to power its smart phone line up, relegating Symbian to the back burner. Symbian commanded the lion's share of the smart phone market till 2009, after which a percepetible decline in its market share is evident on account of increasing competition from Google's Android operating system, Apple's iOS devices, and the revamped RIM's BlackBerry.
The mobile operating system was originally developed by Symbian Ltd, and is a descendant of Psion's EPOC. It runs exclusively on ARM processors, though an unreleased x86 port is said to exist.
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