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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RE: symbian is dead anyway
by winter skies on Mon 15th Oct 2012 23:28 UTC in reply to "symbian is dead anyway"
winter skies
Member since:
2009-08-21

So a slow, reversible decline was turned into a swift death.
So sad. I won't list the reasons why I think Symbian still represents a valid technological alternative to other mobile OS's, yet I find it hard to accept that a real-time OS with Qt support is going to die this way. Will its source code forever sleep in some digital shrine, completely useless to mankind - or will it be eventually released?
Sometimes I wonder how things would have worked out if there had been two competing companies, one pushing Symbian hard and the other restlessly developing MeeGo - maybe both OS's would still be around and innovating.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Wasn't it already released? I thought it was open sourced a while ago, only to be closed up again.

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RE[3]: symbian is dead anyway
by zima on Fri 19th Oct 2012 00:29 in reply to "RE[2]: symbian is dead anyway"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The development was closed, but once the code is opened it's a "cat out of the bag" thing of course: http://sourceforge.net/projects/symbiandump http://code.google.com/p/symbian-incubation-projects/ - so go ahead and grab it, if you can make sense of it and/or if you care (oh yeah, nobody really cared overall, NVM if it was open...)

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RE[2]: symbian is dead anyway
by moondevil on Tue 16th Oct 2012 04:43 in reply to "RE: symbian is dead anyway"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

So a slow, reversible decline was turned into a swift death.
So sad. I won't list the reasons why I think Symbian still represents a valid technological alternative to other mobile OS's, yet I find it hard to accept that a real-time OS with Qt support is going to die this way. Will its source code forever sleep in some digital shrine, completely useless to mankind - or will it be eventually released?
Sometimes I wonder how things would have worked out if there had been two competing companies, one pushing Symbian hard and the other restlessly developing MeeGo - maybe both OS's would still be around and innovating.


Have you ever developed for Symbian?

I would say it is everything but innovating, in what concerns developers.

Symbian C++ and the 1001 ways to use certain APIs won't be missed.

Qt was only available in specific handsets.

Edited 2012-10-16 04:44 UTC

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RE[3]: symbian is dead anyway
by darknexus on Tue 16th Oct 2012 05:16 in reply to "RE[2]: symbian is dead anyway"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Qt was only available in specific handsets.

Even when it was, it didn't exactly fit. Apps didn't behave quite right, nor did it communicate with some of the lower-level Symbian APIs used by certain software. QT's integration into Symbian was half-done, and that's being generous.

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RE[2]: symbian is dead anyway
by zima on Fri 19th Oct 2012 00:25 in reply to "RE: symbian is dead anyway"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

So a slow, reversible decline was turned into a swift death.
So sad. I won't list the reasons why I think Symbian still represents a valid technological alternative to other mobile OS's, yet I find it hard to accept that a real-time OS with Qt support is going to die this way. Will its source code forever sleep in some digital shrine, completely useless to mankind - or will it be eventually released?

"Reversible decline" is just a wishful thinking of... people who didn't really follow what was going on with Symbian. Because, for example, you don't seem to realize even that Symbian source has been released (go ahead and grab that "valid technological alternative [...] a real-time OS with Qt support": http://sourceforge.net/projects/symbiandump http://code.google.com/p/symbian-incubation-projects/ )

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