Feeds

Symbian revenues, device sales rise

Smart phone demand on the up

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Symbian's smart phone OS licensees shipped just under 5m handsets during the first half of the year, 85 per cent more than they shipped during H2 2003, the company revealed today.

Licensing and consultancy fees, plus royalties yielded £26.6m in revenues for the period, up 26 per cent on the £21.1m recorded for the year-ago half. The average royalty per handset fell from £3.81 to £3.27 between the two periods.

For Q2 alone, Symbian realised revenues of £13.7m, up just 15 per cent on Q2 2003's £11.9m.

Privately-held Symbian's figures are unaudited.

Come the end of H1, six Symbian licensees were shipping 23 handsets incorporating the OS. Always coy about names, Symbian said ten licensees are currently developing a further 34 phones and variants. Some of those are likely to be from new licensees Arima, Lenovo and LG, along with older hands BenQ, Fujitsu, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo - though its X handset is now shipping - Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

There are now more than 15m Symbian-based handsets out in the world, the company claimed.

Symbian's latest figures come a month after the company was able to persuade key shareholders - Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic, Ericsson and Siemens - coughed up £50m for an extra rights issue to balance Nokia's partial acquisition of Psion's shareholding. Panasonic, Siemens and Sony Ericsson also took some of the shares Psion formerly owned. ®

Related stories

Symbian raises £50m in rights issue
Sharp turns to Symbian
Sony Ericsson debuts keyboard smart phone
Symbian doubles sales
Symbian falters in battle with Microsoft

Related reviews

Sendo X: phone meets PDA, MP3 player, light sabre
Siemens SX1 smart phone
Nokia 6600 smart phone

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.