The company is also adding Symbian SQL, based on SQLite, to its smart-phone operating system.
Mobile operating system developer Symbian is adding SQL and location-based services to
its smart-phone OS.
Symbian officials said the new OS technologies, announced March 31, would
provide enhancements to mass data handling and LBS to next-generation smart
Mobile phones loaded with Symbian's LBS were recently launched in Japan.
Symbian said the LBS architecture would appear in Europe
later in 2008. Symbian SQL will be featured in phones shipping in the second
half of 2008 and be available to application developers by the end of the
Symbian used SQLite, which is widely used in products like Mozilla's Firefox
browser, to create its SQL. Application developers can also take advantage of
Symbian SQL by using a standard query language when working with databases on
Symbian OS, helping to reduce maintenance costs and application footprints.
"When I authored SQLite in 2000, I never imagined that it would one day
be used in mobile phones to host databases with millions of searchable entries,"
Richard Hipp, architect and primary author of SQLite, said in a
statement. "The advanced design of Symbian OS meshes well with
SQLite, resulting in a stable and robust platform for supporting new
To support the open-source community, Symbian is contributing technology
improvements back into the SQLite open-source project and is a charter member of
the SQLite Consortium, which was launched in December.
According to Symbian, its new LBS architecture supports multiple positioning
technologies including A-GPS, network-based
and Wi-Fi to provide location information. Symbian said by using its LBS,
developers will save significant time in creating location support services. In
addition, developers can target their LBS applications across multiple Symbian
Among the services that can be built on Symbian's LBS
are current location, finding people in a contacts list, location stamping of
images and videos, and emergency tracking services.