According to The Financial Times, Symbian will officially die in summer when Nokia will stop production of the new smartphones based on the older operating system. Nokia 808 PureView will remain the last one of the family as the manufacturer has abandoned the platform to devote itself entirely to the realization of Windows Phone devices. However, Nokia will provide support for Symbian until 2016.
Nokia explains, “it took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year.” Nokia says that they “spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general.”
Perhaps, everyone does not know that Symbian has been the most popular mobile operating system for a long time ever. In 2006, its market share was 73% while Nokia sold more than 250 million smartphones worldwide until 2010. Since then, the market share of the platform began to decline and reached to paltry 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013 during which the Finnish manufacturer has sold only 500,000 devices.
The reasons of the sudden crash remain unclear. In 2007, iPhone was born, and key partners of Nokia like Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson have moved on the bandwagon of the future winner: Android.
Over the past three years, the smartphone market has exploded, but Nokia has not been able to exploit its leading position by delaying the introduction of innovations to its loyal users. In 2011 alone, the Espoo Company had decided to team up with Microsoft and started from scratch with Windows Phone.
The latest Symbian is the Nokia 808 PureView, a smartphone known for all above its 41-megapixel camera. The Finnish manufacturer will continue the development of new phones based on S40 platform, the models of the recently introduced series Asha.