Nokia has taken a critical step toward creating an open-source wireless environment, terming the closing of its deal to Symbian a "fundamental step" in creating the Symbian Foundation, a cross-industry collaboration that will use Symbian's open software to rival Google's Android and the LiMo Foundation's own Linux operating systems. "In the longer perspective, Linux will become a serious alternative for our high-end phones," said Nokia Vice President Ukko Lappalainen. Nokia also disclosed that it will upgrade its mobile-mapping applications based on technology from its $8.1 billion acquisition of Navteq.

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