The end of Symbian is nigh?

News Ben Griffin 08:35, 6 Feb 2012

Nokia has said it will sell fewer devices than previously anticipated, and rumours are suggesting there will only be one more Symbian device

In the wake of its partnership with Microsoft, Nokia originally said it would sell 150 million Symbian phones but that is no longer the case.

Nokia said in its Q4 2011 financial results: 'As a result of the changing market conditions, combined with our increased focus on Lumia, we now believe that we will sell fewer Symbian devices than we previously anticipated,' IntoMobile reported.

Exactly how few is open to debate - it could be as little as ten less, though, we doubt that would be worth announcing. It's probably going to be at least a few million short for Nokia to have taken notice.

It comes as no surprise, then, that allegedly there will only be one more Symbian device, the sequel to the Nokia N8. Andrew Orlowski of The Register was told by his sources that after the N8's successor, Symbian will be no more - all other devices have been cancelled.

Eldar Murtazin, editor of Mobile-Review, confirmed the news via a tweet. 'True and again true,' he said.

It's not really surprising news because although Symbian was a reasonably solid operating system, Windows Phone is more stylish, more functional and it's got a lot of advertising behind it.

And let's remember the next update, known as Tango, is supposedly opening up Windows Phone to devices with a lower spec, making it ready for markets around the world.

So what about the N8's successor? Well, bar what will probably be the same legendary camera and the latest version of Symbian, we're not sure what to expect. We'll see if we can dig up some details.

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