Can China Mobile beat Apple?

Ever heard of Symbian? It is, for the time being, the leading operating system for smart mobile devices and soon to become completely open-source. But competition from Apple’s iPhone may seriously jeopardize its position.

That’s when China Mobile steps in. The Chinese operator promises to offer technology support to the Symbian Foundation – in return, Symbian will support China Mobile’s construction of TD-SCDMA 3G network. And with close to 500 millions subscribers, it is not an insignificant endorsement.

China Mobile’s support is naturally not devoid of interest. Between the battle for an OS and the iPhone’s entry in the Chinese market, the trial of strength between the operator and the manufacturer is far from over.