While the move isn't necessarily a surprisingly one, the decision by Nokia to stop producing smartphones based on Symbian remains significant and does, indeed, mark the end of an era for the mobile device giant.
Tossed into the mix of the company's earnings report Thursday was Nokia's confirmation that last year's release of the 808 PureView was the final Symbian device from Nokia.
“During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company announced today. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”
Nokia stated today that the number of Symbian handsets sold in Q4 was 2.2 million units, which is less than 14% of the overall volume of smartphones.
Symbian’s decline was blamed for the huge crash in sales that Nokia saw in Greater China. There the company’s net sales were down by 69% (a mirror of Apple’s 67% increase reported yesterday). “On a year-on-year basis, the decrease in Greater China net sales was primarily due to our Smart Devices business unit, most notably lower net sales of our Symbian devices,” Nokia said.
Source: Nokia (via TechCrunch)