As the release of Google’s [NASDAQ:GOOG] Android mobile phone operating system nears, speculation abounds. But here’s a new rumor, fresh from the research firm J. Gold Associates: they say that Android and Nokia’s Symbian will “combine,” with the goal of forming “a single open source OS” in the very near future. If that’s the case, it had better happen fast — Android’s first iteration is set to release in Q4 of 2008, and it was only a month ago that Nokia announced that its newly-acquired Symbian OS would be open source. The two companies have no history of collaboration. But J. Gold et al are quite convinced: “A combination of the Android and Symbian efforts would be good for the industry, good for Google and good for Symbian.” That may be, but it’s hard to picture nonetheless. CD
collectionsInnovation FestivalCurrent Issue
World Changing Ideas
New workplaces, new food sources, new medicine--even an entirely new economic system.
The major tech ecosystems that battle for our attention and dollars.
What’s next for hardware, software, and services.
The brave new world of automation, from AI to drones.
How our urban centers are building toward the future.
Most Creative People
See members of our Most Creative People in Business community: leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways.
An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company's distinctive lens.