Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Oct 2012 21:15 UTC, submitted by Arto Salmi
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, that escalated quickly. I'm not entirely sure what to make of this, but I think Nokia has just revealed that Symbian is dead - dead as in, no more development. In a comment on a feature request for Symbian in Nokia's bug tracker, the company writes: "Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be implement without extremely good reason (business case). We have written down your ideas for future development if there is a chance that new features will be released." This means Symbian Belle FP2 is the last Symbian version. Odd, because Symbian devices are still being sold.
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kurkosdr
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So they stopped developing Symbian. Am I cynical in believing that they are still producing Symbian phones even though they have killed the OS?

They still make the 808 Pureview plus many low-end phones.

IMO Symbian should have died with the legendary S60v3 (keypad) and UIQ (touchscreen). Keeping Symbian alive (and putting the S60 branch through a horrible plastic surgery to become a touchscreen OS, that resulted in the disgrace known as S60v5, because UIQ was owned by Sony Ericcson) started out of necessity, because Meego wasn't ready to be put in the chassis of the N97 and then the N9. The N9 run Symbian^3, a fusion of S60v5 and UIQ, which was better than the S60v5 the N97 run, but it still wasn't competitive. Then, when the WP8 deal happened, and Nokia finally had something to put int their high-end phones, Nokia wanted to keep Symbian^3 alive in order to have something to put in low-end phones. Too bad developers don't think that way. They won't code for a platform designed to be sold in low-end phones.

Unless someone had managed to pull techno-wizardy and make Symbian run Android apps, on the same speed as same-spec low-end Android, Symbian was dead, and there was no kind of marketing wizardy that could save it. Android killed Symbian, period.

MeeGo could have been a nice platform, but it took too late to arrive, and it was too late for Nokia to build an ecosystem. So they went with Windows Phone and let MS do the heavy lifting of building the "third ecosystem".

Edited 2012-10-16 10:26 UTC

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