Matsushita gives Symbian high five

Matsushita gives Symbian high five
Roy Rubenstein
Matsushita has become the fifth partner to join the Symbian joint venture. It joins Psion, Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola which set up Symbian 11 months ago to establish the EPOC32 operating system as the de facto standard for wireless information devices.
“The introduction of Matsushita, the fourth largest handset manufacturer in the world, further strengthens Symbian’s position within Japan and the Asia Pacific region,” said David Potter, chairman of Psion.
The addition of Matsushita was not unexpected as Potter first hinted that the Japanese firm may become a shareholder last September. In the deal Matsushita has invested ?22m in Symbian in return for a 8.8 per cent holding.


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