SDK for Symbian


  • Symbian rose to fame from its use with the S60 platform built by Nokia, first released in 2002 and powering most Nokia smartphones.
  • Symbian at the end was an open source operating system (OS) designed for mobile devices and smartphones, with associated libraries, user interface, frameworks and reference implementations of common tools, originally developed by Symbian Ltd.
  • In 2008, the former Symbian Software Limited was acquired by Nokia and a new independent non-profit organization called the Symbian Foundation was established.
  • Symbian was officially released into Open source world in Feb 2010.
    • Symbian is the world's most popular mobile operating system, accounting for 45% of smartphone sales.
  • The Nokia 808 PureView is officially the last Symbian smartphone, it was released February 2012.

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More about Symbian

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  • Some 'ancient' facts from
    • Symbian was used on 389 million devices worldwide
    • in over 240 networks
    • Symbian has had 70% of the market share in China (
    • … now it is (almost forgotten) history


  • ABBYY started its mobile OCR business back in 2006 on Symbian.
  • At that time Nokia phones had the best cameras with auto-focus and a resolution of ca. 3 mega-pixels.
  • For developers ABBYY provided Mobile OCR SDK 2.0 in November 2006.
  • The first commercial ABBYY OCR enabled app was ABBYY Business Card Reader.
    It was available for selected number of phones.
  • Support and Sales of Mobile OCR Engine for Symbian ended in December 2013
  • ABBYY offered its Mobile OCR Engine for Symbian form 2006 until end of 2013.
    Since this operating system is not providing any app-eco system any longer, ABBYY stopped maintaining this version of the Mobile OCR Engine.
  • THX to Symbian and Nokia for building the first mobile mainstream platform that allowed to run optical character recognition on early smartphones.

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