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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zima
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The N9 [...] is a really nice smartphone. Tons of better than any existing Windows Phone, and would have been a very good competitor for iPhone.
Besides Windows Phone and iPhone are so last-gen. N9 is already next-gen device since it has no extra buttons, everything is controlled by touch based gestures (except powering on/off. Volume can be set with both buttons and gestures and both call volume, and application volume are separate).
While I understand where you were going with all that talk, I'm saying that Nokia did a horrible mistake by trusting Microsoft and even bigger mistake when they gamed all their bets with the Windows Phone only (instead of going with multiple OSes).
-Windows Phone has _less_ market share than Symbian currently has.
-Windows Phone has _less_ meaningful applications available than Symbian has.

Meego in its shipping N9 form had many issues its faithful don't want to remember... http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-n9-2-en.shtml - and that's after enormous time & R&D it took (I stumbled once on comparison of Nokia and Apple budgets from 2 or 3 years back - Symbian division alone consumed more funds than the entire R&D of Apple... Symbian never even beeing, IIRC, the primary cash-cow of Nokia)

One of the problems with N9 - it was nothing more than iPhone wannabe (also that "no buttons" silliness - imagine the thought process at Nokia as ~"OK folks, we defended buttons and ridiculed iPhone when it came out; but it's doing great, despite having only one front button ...let's one-up them!"). But I'm afraid it will be the next Amiga myth (seems it's cool now to clung to the stretched-ipod-nano N9 ...myths about its sales numbers, and smooth experience of the OS)

If there's a place for third mobile ecosystem - then Microsoft is very likely the only one with enough clout, influence, resourced to pull it off.

But you clearly don't even know much about Nokia is doing - recently (under "the saboteur" Elop), S40 improved greatly, is now basically better than Symbian. And saying that Symbian has more meaningful apps than WP is a complete rubbish; the main problem with Symbian: people hardly even used it as a smartphone OS, the features were irrelevant.

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