Its been two and a half years since Nokia’s CEO decided to switch the company to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating leaving their own once-legend Symbian OS which ruled the mobile market for over a decade. When announcing this new strategy in Feb 2011, Nokia also publicly announced that they still plans to sell 150 million Symbian powered smartphones (which could only get to approx 100 million due to the leaking of some ‘burning memo’) and will continue to support Symbian until 2016. Now reports are coming that the finnish mobile maker will finally stop shipping new Symbian handsets this summer.
From the FT.com article:
Nokia will finally stop shipments of its once-mighty Symbian smartphones this summer… The Finnish group will bring to an end deliveries of its last homegrown smartphone platform, which had looked unassailable as the world’s leading operating system before the launch of Apple’s iPhone…
…Nokia developed the last new Symbian device in 2012 – the 808 Pureview – although it has continued to ship handsets using the operating system given its enduring popularity in some countries.
Nokia said: “It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We 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.”
Nokia is not expected to announce (that) it has stopped shipments, in part because there will still be stocks of the devices that need be sold in parts of the world….
From now on Nokia will be focusing fully on their WP Lumia lineup and Asha range for which they’ll have ‘tinker’ a lil bit to the software.