updated 04:55 pm EDT, Fri April 11, 2008
Nokia Backing From WebKit
Nokia may be withdrawing its efforts to actively contribute to the WebKit browser engine, according to an exchange on the official developer list. After noticing that the Finnish cellphone producer had been inactive for at least eight months in developing a version of the code for Symbian Series 60 phones, contributor Eric Seidel has been told by Nokia representative Bradley Morrison only that the company is closing off discussions of any outstanding bugs rather than fixing or improving code.
The company representative is not involved in the project and treated the closure of bugs as a "cleanup," according to the note.
Nokia hasn't officially announced any plans to back out of its investment in the normal WebKit for Symbian S60 but said in January that it would acquire Trolltech, which gives it access to a different version of WebKit that it may use to replace the existing version used underneath the company's default web browser for recent smartphones.
The apparent withdrawal from the Symbian project creates a larger division in WebKit, which is considered an open source effort and is shared among other mobile browsers, including Apple's Safari and the web browser for Google's upcoming Android platform.