I've been reflecting on Nokia's move to buy out Symbian earlier this week.  If you missed the news Nokia plans to purchase the remaining 52 percent of Britain's Symbian Ltd. for $410 million and to establish the Symbian Foundation.

The Symbian Foundation will provide the software for free combining three different versions of the Symbian software into one open platform.

This development is really interesting as it brings a whole new phase of competition with LiMo Foundation and Google also providing their software for free.

In the short term this won't have much of an impact as Nokia was already a majority shareholder in Symbian and is at least a year away from devices using this version of their platform.  In the longer term it will probably generate challenges to developers and solutions providers with potential fragmentation of the platform.

What this does demonstrate though is the importance of Software AND Services to the mobile industry. 

Interesting times ahead!