Nokia Ending Symbian Support Next Year

nokia-symbianNokia has informed developers of Symbian and MeeGo apps that they will not be able to update their apps or release new ones to the app store from 1 January 2014.

The Symbian operating system was essentially the forerunner to iOS and Google Android. It was employed in phones manufactured by Samsung, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson. However, it was Nokia that came to rely on it the most. The Nokia 808 PureView became the last Nokia handset to officially use the platform, released at the beginning of 2012.

Nokia has now opted to use Windows as its primary operating system and Microsoft are expected to complete the purchase of the smartphone manufacturing company early next year, further cementing the position of Windows 8 and Windows RT as the operating systems of choice.

The Finnish manufacturer has struggled to keep up with the likes of Apple and Samsung although they do still sell a lot of feature phones and budget phones to emerging markets. Reliance on the Windows operating system could be viewed as a reason for their struggles at the moment. Android and iOS are typically considered to be the more popular option.

The company has announced a press conference for 22nd October, which will take place in Abu Dhabi.

Unfortunately for Nokia, this is the date that Apple has planned to make an announcement of its own, and this is expected to be news of the next iPad as well as the MacPro. While there will be some attention paid to Nokia World, it is likely that most of the press and the world’s attention will be focused very much on the Apple event instead.

Nokia has struggled to keep pace with manufacturers like Apple and Samsung but their fortunes could be turned by the impending acquisition by Microsoft. Removign support for Symbian means that they will be able to concentrate solely on the Microsoft Windows platform.


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