In recent days, I have noticed that the SDN++ pages (https://developer.symbian.com/sdnpp/) on the old Symbian developer website have been gradually disappearing, most notably those that provided access to the Binary Access Kits (BAK) and engineering documents that had previously been available to Platinum Partners.
Developers are advised to visit the new SYmbian Foundation websiste instead, but the SF are not able to provide a BAK or BAK-equivalent, as they are only concerned with the future Symbian platform:
Members of the Symbian Foundation can access all of the source code and associated documentation for the new version of the platform, and there are various kits available to developers, but this does not help anyone trying to develop for existing Symbian-based platforms.
The only information that I can find on this forum regarding BAKs states that "it has not been decided":
Here are my questions:
1) Is there a new equivalent of the Platinum Partner program that will give developers access to BAKs or BAK-equivalents, as well as the non-public documentation that goes with them?
2) Can existing versions of the BAK that former Platinum Partners have previously downloaded still be used?
3) Does this mean that the only way to develop non-trivial applications for curent Symbian-based devices is via the S60 API Partnering programme?
Whatever the answers to these questions, the lack of any substantial official information on this topic is lamentable. Will it come as any surprise to find that mobile developers are abandoning Symbian/S60 in droves to develop software for other platforms, who have well-defined methods for professional develpers to gain access to the resources that they need?