Mobile phone OS company Symbian has launched Symbian Signed, an application approval programme under which it will endorse applications and content that meet its best practise guidelines. More than 300 Symbian apps have been retrospectively given this seal of approval.
There are several certification schemes out there at the momnet, with operators, handset manufacturers and so on offering a variety of endorsements. Symbian says it hopes to simplify the situation for developers by providing a single alternative.
The market seems to approve: handset manufacturers including Nokia, Sendo and Sony Ericsson have said they will migrate their signing programs to Symbian Signed. The OS company worked with various other players in the industry, from handset manufactuerers to system integrators and operators, to develop the programme. It took it through beta testing during 2003 and early 2004.
More informaiton on the Symbian Signed scheme can be viewed here. ®