A highly interactive smartphone launched by Apple in 2007 which provides multiple functions as well as access to 200,000+ third-party 'apps', including medical utilities for CME/CPD, remote patient monitoring, Medscape, etc.
Another main factor enabling the company to materialize its foray into the 3G phone chip segment is steadily growing popularity of smartphones, as the consumer devices have heavily replaced traditional feature phones, making the company stand the chance of put more emphasis on development of 3G chips.
Symbian chief executive Nigel Clifford said the design, based on Freescale's single 3G phone chip, opens the market for mobile phone producers that currently lack the engineering strength to develop models on their own.
This is highlighted by the 14 percent of GB adults who currently have their mobile phone service provided through '3' (a provider which offers only 3G phone service), who say that their mobile phone is not 3G.
Due to this increased network complexity, it is now necessary to continuously upgrade the 3G phone hardware and software so the phones remain compatible with many different communication network providers.