Nokia confirms end of Symbian handsets in 2012


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Nokia, via an open letter to the Symbian Community, has confirmed that there will be no more Symbian-powered handsets post 2012.

It’s official: Symbian is dead. Well, not quite dead yet, but the mobile operating system is on its last legs and will cease to power Nokia handsets post 2012.

The news comes via an official letter from Nokia to the Symbian Community that stated the following:

“Our intention is that when users come to the end of the natural lifecycle of their Symbian device they will make the change to a Nokia Windows Phone device and so it would not be in our interests to undermine their Nokia smartphone experience,” Said Purnima Kochikar in the Nokia letter.

So there you have it: Nokia will not be making anymore Symbian-powered devices post 2012.

So if you’re a Symbian developer, you’d better start getting to grips with either Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform or, go for the big money, and join Android.

Either way, it seems that Symbian’s days are numbered.

And if anyone doubted Nokia’s commitment to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, they should probably read the letter in question – it explicitly confirms Nokia and Windows Phone 7’s future relationship.

Click here to read the letter in full.


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