Dr. Michael Jipping of the Hope College computer science faculty is author of a new book that demonstrates operating system concepts with experiments on smartphones.

The book, "Smartphone Operating System Concepts with Symbian OS," has been published by John Wiley and Sons as part of Symbian Press.

Smartphones are mobile phones with expanded capabilities usually found on desktop computers. These capabilities include Internet and e-mail access, the ability to read documents and scheduling software. Mobile phone manufacturers that use the Symbian operating system include Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung.

The book is part of the Symbian Academy Series. Symbian Academy is a series of materials designed support institutions wishing to teach the knowledge and skills associated with software development on Symbian OS smartphone platforms. Jipping's book will become part of the Symbian Academy curriculum.

Jipping is a professor of computer science and chairperson of the department, and has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1987. With the new book, he has authored four books. Two books, co-authored with Professor Herb Dershem, were on programming languages. The third book, "Symbian OS Communications Programming," was written with Symbian Press in 2002.