The Symbian Professional Services unit, which provides engineering and support services to manufacturers and network operators, is being transferred from Nokia to global consultancy firm Accenture. Approximately 165 people will be transferred to Accenture as a result of the agreement, which is expected to be concluded within 3 months.
Nokia hasn’t said explicitly why the deal has been arranged, although it’s thought to be intended to distance Nokia from hands-on involvement with the Symbian operating system as reassurance to other manufacturers.
James Rosewell writes:
Anyone involved in the mobile industry will have hardly failed to notice the hype surrounding mobile application stores led by Apple. Application stores provide a really simple way for consumers to install applications on their mobile phones. They’re so simple I heard Iain Graham had used one the other week!
However they don’t solve the fundamental problem of handset compatibility.