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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Symbian's problem
by kurkosdr on Mon 28th Jan 2013 11:50 UTC
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Basically, Symbian's problem was that the biggest customers of Symbian Ltd (Nokia and Sony Ericsson) were also the biggest owners. This resulted in "interesting" situations. Such as that Nokia and SE -abusing their position in the board- prevented Symbian Ltd from ever shipping a UI. Instead, Nokia and SE developed their own UIs. So, Nokia for example owned the UI for keypad phones (Series 60) and licensed it to others. This prevented other manufacturers from making S60 phones profitably. So, Nokia essentially had a monopoly on Symbian keypad phones. SE owned the UIQ UI for symbian touchscreen phones and essentially had a monopoly on that (theregister had a story about this). This allowed each company to get comfortable in the segment they "owned", and products (and Symbian itself) stagnated. They were just begging for someone to come with a new OS and disrupt them. MS failed with windows mobile, apple succeeded. The unification with Symbian^3 was too late. Now back to the Nokia/Elop/WP whinefest.

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