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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Low-end phones?
by Paraquat on Fri 25th Jan 2013 21:32 UTC
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I'm just wondering which OS Nokia will be putting on their low-end phones? Hard to believe that they would choose Windows for that. Nokia still has a large market share for bottom-end phones (mostly in Asia) - if they are retiring Symbian for Windows, they are going to blow away that market. I'm talking phones that retail for around US$75, usually don't have a camera or 3G capability, but "just work" for talking and text messaging plus simple apps (like calculator, alarm clock, calendar, etc). These phones usually have a built-in flashlight, an endearing feature that I've found to be extremely useful.

If Nokia wants to hand that market to Samsung, so be it. Yet another nail in their coffin.

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RE: Low-end phones?
by Nelson on Fri 25th Jan 2013 21:46 in reply to "Low-end phones?"
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A combination of Asha (which is scaling up with Asha Touch) and Windows Phone (which is scaling down with the Lumia 620 and Lumia 505).

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RE: Low-end phones?
by cdude on Sat 26th Jan 2013 10:43 in reply to "Low-end phones?"
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Its S40. That wasn't canceled yet but there is also not much investment happening. The problem is that Android goes more and more low-end. Its becoming a competition there. Still may give Nokia some more quarters but for the future its not looking good. If they lose that too its game over.

Edited 2013-01-26 10:45 UTC

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RE: Low-end phones?
by zima on Fri 1st Feb 2013 17:06 in reply to "Low-end phones?"
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I'm just wondering which OS Nokia will be putting on their low-end phones?

(and another one...) Nokia will be putting on their low-end phones the same thing they are putting now: Series 30 and Series 40 - which aren't Symbian!

"around US$75" is rather a lot BTW, particularly S30 handsets sell for significantly less.

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