Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Sep 2010 23:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this certainly isn't particularly surprising. The rising popularity of Android leaves more victims in its wake than just Windows Mobile. Sony Ericsson, one of the major manufacturers of Symbian phones (other than Nokia) has just announced it will pretty much abandon the platform to focus entirely on Android - leaving Nokia as the sole person cheering for team Symbian.
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RE: Could be wrong here....
by wirespot on Mon 27th Sep 2010 08:19 UTC in reply to "Could be wrong here...."
wirespot
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But from what I can see, Nokia really has no intentions of dropping Symbian support.


And I don't see why they should. Some people seem to forget that not everybody wants smartphones. I know, gasp. ;) But let's think about it.

A whole lot of people like what feature-phones have to offer:
* People like numeric keypad (esp. with Nokia's arrangement of 4 buttons and click wheel). Not everybody needs or even wants touchscreens.
* People like the lower price. You can get an excellent Nokia phone for 75-100 euros. (Think that's not important? India and China have more than a third of the world's population and most of them are poorer than the Western people. And there are plenty of 2nd and 3rd world countries out there.)
* People like the durability of simpler phones. The more complex the device, the faster it breaks.
* The built-in feature set is enough for them. You can make and receive calls and SMS, have an agenda, a simple calendar (including alarm and notifications), audio player, FM radio, games, take pics and browse with Opera Mini. The more advanced models have WiFi and/or GPS. And that's it.
* Business phones are a subset of feature phones, not of smartphones! The business features may be richer than on regular-user phones, but they are still limited to a built-in set. And business users are also fine with that.
* Finally, if one should hanker for another kind of "smart" device, it doesn't necessarily have to be a phone. It can be a generic device (handheld, tablet or netbook) or a specific one (mini-gaming console, MP3/video player, ebook reader).

Symbian S40 and S60 are perfectly suited for feature-phones and feature phones are still in demand. Sony Ericsson basically decided they want to focus on the smartphone market only and by doing that they practically gave away the featurephone market to Nokia. This is good for Nokia, not bad.

They've stated (and they don't state much) that they are supporting Symbian for the Low-end phones, and for all the future N series smart phones they are using MeeGo. Sounds simple enough.


It is, and they are one of the very few companies who can afford to experiment with a new smartphone platform, because they have a solid grounding in the feature phone market.

If this works for them, they will come out with their own in-house developed platform, of which there are precious few around. Currently Blackberry OS, iOS and Android are the only viable alternatives. The likes of Windows Mobile 7, Bada and webOS still have to prove their viability in the wild.

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