The Symbian press conference didn't add much to the news announcement, but at least made it sound more real.
Part of that reality is the timescale. This is the biggest release ever of proprietary code into the open source world. It will take time to "scrub" that of IPR that can't be released for one reason or another. Will this give Google a headstart? Not at all, the Symbian people explained.
Symbian has the headstart in terms of applications developers and users. And Android has a long way to go to turn a good idea into actual phones with working features. Product development cycles in phones actually take a couple of years, or more if applications are being developed.
So Symbian needn't be too worried.
One detail that niggled a lot of people - Symbian employees will become Nokia employees, and from what we could tell, they will stay that way when the new Foundation starts up. Does this give Nokia a big advantage? Or will it cause people to mistrust the Foundation?
The Symbian people say the current employees are the nucleus of a larger community, and this will continue to grow as the Foundation is established. So the number of Nokia staff in the Symbian community will be less than we might think, and will get proportinally less.