Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jan 2013 14:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Buried deep within Nokia's press release about its financial results, there's a line that pretty much signals the end of one of the most popular and successful mobile operating systems in history. With Nokia retiring its use, Symbian is no more.
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Sad to see
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 26th Jan 2013 00:03 UTC
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I've honestly never even laid hands on a Symbian-powered device (not that common here in the Great White North, or at least my end of it)... but it does still seem like a loss to see Symbian fall by the wayside. If only just from the geek/technology-enthusiast perspective.

I can understand the demise of PalmOS, despite using a Treo until about a year and a half ago - it barely counted as an OS, and capability-wise it was about on par with "classic" Mac OS. Same with Windows Mobile; it might not have been as crusty under hood, but it's interface was barely-adequate for use with a stylus (too many desktop UI conventions where they weren't appropriate)... and fixing that the shortcomings of that UI probably would have required more work than just building a new one.

But Symbian? From the looks of it, Nokia sunk quite a bit of effort into modernizing the UI and that was finally paying off (at least, judging from video reviews I've watched)... only to unceremoniously rush it into the grave.

And I guess that as a BeOS/Haiku fan, I can't help but feel sympathy for a small, efficient, purpose-built OS... that gets shit on by both Windows AND Linux advocates, primarily for the crime of not being either of those OSes.

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