Starting January 1, 2014, Nokia has shut down the Symbian app store, though the developers can open up third party stores now.
About six months ago, Nokia stopped delivering the 808 PureView, and now the Finnish manufacturer has put “the last nail in the coffin” of Symbian. Despite the promise of guaranteed support until 2016, the developers won’t be able to publish new apps or updates on the store. Although, users can still download the apps, but of course they will have to endure the bugs from now.
The Symbian Signed Team touted on Twitter, “That was it; we are officially closed. Thank you all for the past years!” it’s loud and clear and doesn’t need any explanation.
A few week after the formal announcement of Nokia acquisition by Microsoft, the Fin Company had invited developers to update their apps, in view of the impending closure. MeeGo also had the same fate. Well! Nokia has already moved its focus and resources to Windows Phone and Asha platform.
Symbian has been the most popular and long lasted mobile OS in the world. In 2006, Symbian market share was 73%, and Nokia sold more than 250 million smartphones during 2010. Nokia 808 PureView was the last device that the company made on the Symbian platform.
Finally, the platform is now official dead, and the developers could have alternate solutions to keep their apps updated and bug free. They either can update or distribute the app as signed SIS files using its own server or as unsigned SIS files, but it would work for the devices with custom firmware only.
In all cases, they can deploy new apps and updates outside of the Nokia store, but users will never know when the new versions of the app are available. Hence, now they should set up a third-party store including an integrated system for updates. Besides, Developers can also develop new apps with the ability to check and download the update within the app.