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01-24-2013, 11:51 AM #1
Nokia's Days of Symbian Are Over
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)
01-24-2013, 12:52 PM #2
It's about time........
01-25-2013, 02:58 AM #3
there's my 6600 miss those days when everyone had a nokia.
01-25-2013, 11:01 PM #4
Its kind of unbelieveable how tech has become this fragile thing. I can use a tv thats been sitting in storage with crap on top of it from 1990 and it will be great. I cant even put a tv from 2007+ near anything as to the fact the slightest amount of pressure will break it. Same thing with phones..
01-28-2013, 04:19 PM #5
Ah, this is sad in a way. I used to own a Nokia 6600. The first smartphone I ever owned, and the only smartphone that lasted me years. There were apps and the device itself was pretty stable. It was really a great phone and I think Symbian was really great for what it wanted to.
I still keep my Nokia 6600, needless to say.