Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 17th Feb 2011 17:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So the writing is on the wall. In a very bold move, Nokia's new CEO, Stephen Elop, has decided to fully ditch Nokia's migration plan for the past few years and have the company embrace his former employer's operating system, Windows Phone 7, instead. This noticeably implied getting rid of two competitors, Symbian and the upcoming MeeGo, which were both put on the road to slow death. This article aims at saying goodbye to an old citizen of the mobile space who's now heading to its grave: Symbian. (Warning: Rant ahead)
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I thought...
by vaette on Thu 17th Feb 2011 18:14 UTC
vaette
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2008-08-09

I honestly thought that Symbian would pull through, that Nokia could do an WP7-like transformation on it (after all, WP7 is still the good old Windows CE kernel, though a more modern version, with the .NET framework, Silverlight and XNA running on top to create a modern interface, and was built in a very short amount of time). I am still not sure if it really was technically infeasible, but Nokia either way failed to do so for many years, so it seems fair to say that it wasn't going to happen the way they were doing it at least.

Interestingly one of the many Nokia plans (http://nokiaplans.com for anyone who have someone missed the meme), Plan I, actually suggests that the Symbian team inside Nokia was a big part of the problem getting a modern OS together: http://nokiaplani.com . Overall Plan I has some interesting thoughts.

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RE: I thought...
by segedunum on Thu 17th Feb 2011 18:29 in reply to "I thought..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Plan I is exactly what I suspected. Qt then came in via Meego and they then embarked on some half-arsed implementation of Qt on Symbian that took forever to produce any results.

It always seemed that the Symbian side of the company became very protective of itself against Meego, Android or the notion of any Linux based OS. In a way Symbian brought it upon themselves, but the right strategy was to go Linux and do what was necessary to maintain some control over their platform.

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RE[2]: I thought...
by Neolander on Thu 17th Feb 2011 18:40 in reply to "RE: I thought..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

the right strategy was to go Linux and do what was necessary to maintain some control over their platform.

Hmmm... I think we've already seen how capable Linux is on current phone hardware. It only works well on handsets which cost the price of a good laptop, and barely last longer than said laptop on battery ;)

I've really got nothing against Linux on high-end phones, but on mid-end phones it's simply not right at the moment, and will probably remain so for a long time.

Thus, as long as Nokia did not want to become Apple and only sell high-end hardware, or to become LG and stop caring about the quality of user experience and start to shove Linux on hardware where it obviously doesn't run well, Symbian had to somehow remain part of the equation. Nokia could also work on a Linux-based system in parallel (which they did), but they couldn't fully dump Symbian that easily.

Edited 2011-02-17 18:43 UTC

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