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End of summer means end of Symbian for Nokia

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End of summer means end of Symbian for Nokia
A published report says that Nokia is sending its final shipment of Symbian phones out to stores this summer. Despite putting much more money into marketing its Windows Phone line, it wasn't until Q4 of 2012 that Nokia's Windows Phone sales surpassed sales of the Finnish OEM's Symbian handsets. As recently as last quarter, Nokia shipped 500,000 Symbian flavored phones.

One big reason why Nokia is closing up the Symbian shop is that it takes 22 months for a Symbian powered phone to go from napkin to shipped product. Windows Phone models take less than a year to go from drawing board to a buyer's hand. Last year, the manufacturer released seven new Windows Phone models in just seven months.

"It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general."-Nokia

With Nokia beginning to position its high end Windows Phone models as the ones to choose for great low-light photography, it looks like control of this small niche of the market is what Nokia hopes is just the beginning of Windows Phone's increasing market share in the months ahead. As for Symbian, it served Nokia well and was once the most popular smartphone OS until Android took the crown in the last quarter of 2010.

source: FinancialTimes  (subscription req'd) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:16 6

1. mi55u (unregistered)


huh? I thought Nokia is already ended? my mistake

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:25 28

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Don't worry, its icons are safe into iOS 7 XD

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:53 9

7. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Their patents are still there XD
Get ready APPLE!!
Lol

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:26 7

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3291; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hey u forget men meego, ios 7 have same design of messages that meego have.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:55 4

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3291; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


the king os is dying now it's really upset for us guys. symbian is the only os that bring mobile industries on top. salute to Symbian.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:40 12

3. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


tears!!!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:47 3

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like rejoice®

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 00:59 13

22. Johnnokia (Posts: 472; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Don't be so mean please.
Everyone has used Nokia with Symbian.
Symbian was the founder of smart phone world.
We spent our best years with this great OS.
I would never say RIP. I would say :

Viva Symbian .. You were the king of phone OS.

Viva Nokia .. You were and will be the queen and the best phone manufacturer.
I even don't like WP, but I bought Lumia, and I will support you forever.

Don't worry ... Millions bought Android phones or Iphone, but they still regard you the best.

I love you Nokia

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 01:39

23. mi55u (unregistered)


says johnNOKIA

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 03:45

29. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


people like you love to see others going out of jobs and buissness shame u are no more then a (ignorant fool) on the plannet and you are surly a looser

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:40

31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android Ftw™®©

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:25

46. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i hope u get fired from job once so u understand my point

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 19:49 5

6. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Nokia: bye bye Symbian...we will miss you so much ;)
Microsoft: rip Symbian. Nokia, lets join us.
Android: Nokia, you can join us too.
Samsung: Nokia, lets have good competition :)

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:28 11

10. akki20892 (Posts: 3291; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hey i have n8, i can't say bye.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:58 5

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, i'm not letting go of my Symbian then :)
May become a antique device years later! :P

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:14 1

45. akki20892 (Posts: 3291; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


surely dude, symbian device will become antique after some years.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:42 2

12. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i have a nokia 700

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 21:52 7

14. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Looks like my next Symbian phone will come from Apple...

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:59 2

19. kiarash1994 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


RIP , you served us well , tnx symbian. Thanks for all goodies in that time . Owned N97 , E7-00. They were fantastic phones.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 02:21 4

26. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Sad to see Symbian go becos of so many good memories with those rugged symbian phones.

But time to move on, I guess and its better for Nokia to have uniform platforms for their smartphones (WP8) and another uniform one for feature phones (Asha)

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:29 2

30. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)


tears of joy! mate! ;) Nokia still not dead! only the old OS! :) Nokia windows phone will rule the world! and there will be no worries! :D

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:56 1

37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android or else nothing. Android is all you need!

Rest are useless!

FTW™ ANDROID®

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:57

42. wurmZ (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)


@TROLL:

android is all you need to earn. rest are useless because they are not paying your dues. FTM (For the Money) ANDROID

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:02

43. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Fascist. Capitalism means choice, lots of choice!

Android, iOS, WP FTW

RIP Symbian, BB, and anyone else who lost their way and couldn't compete.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:59 1

44. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Leave Wp8 out, even BB is doing better than Wp8!

Windows mobile was a failure, so will wp8 and wp9 will be failure= RIP™®©

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 14:07

48. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Sales will bear out my prediction. WP8 has Nokia, BlackBerry just has... BlackBerry. Nobody is jumping platforms to join that rotting wagon train.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 15:26

50. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Let's see WP catch up with 385 Million Symbian devices... until then please shut up. TYVM!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 21:10

51. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You're still living in the past. Let me turn that argument on its head:

It's 2011. Android has dominated the market. iPhones are everywhere. Let's see Nokia sell another 385 million Symbian devices...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 23:09

52. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


It's 2010 February 11: Elop & Co made that impossible with the burning platform memo. With Elop Effect = Ratner Effect * Osborne Effect in place. Now let's see Elop & Co offset the deficit of smartphone shipments in 2 years both in volume and ASP (Elop's own words).

So after WP7.x received the axe, did it still sell? Just like Symbian and MeeGo? How did the early adopters feel? STILL WITH ME?

Watch this and learn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_elqLDSt36k

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:23

54. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Thanks, but I'm not watching your videos.

I'm willing to admit that WP7.x was a bad move and a dead end, so I'm focusing on WP8. That's where the current growth is.

I've read enough about the internals at Nokia around the MeeGo launch to know there was a lot of in-fighting and lack of cooperation, both inside the company and with its partner Intel. It was a toxic environment where you had one group building a new platform from the ground up and another trying to maintain the "burning platform" Symbian. Elop didn't help matters with his internal memo and the sudden switch to WP. I also didn't see the point of releasing the N9 when MeeGo was already effectively dead. They should have delayed and then released the Lumia 800, which was practically the same phone.

What you can't tell me with any certainty is how Nokia would have been better off sticking with Symbian, which was clearly on its way out, or MeeGo, which would have entered an already crowded market as the #5 platform, behind Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and WP7. I think it would've been WebOS all over again, critically acclaimed but commercially ignored outside the EU.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 22:39

55. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


You are entitled to you own fantasy. Meanwhile back in reality, WP is a downgrade from Symbian.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 05:06

57. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I never claimed otherwise. But back in reality, Nokia is thriving with WP8, and Symbian is dead.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:14 4

38. gust3r3u (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


i loved symbian , too bad , :(

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:34 2

47. Muzhhur (Posts: 241; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I will never forget my Nokia N8, the best one

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 14:21 2

49. aco96 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I love Symbian phones. I spent my childhood with Symbian devices like n73, n95, w950. I'm using Nokia X7 and I'm very satisfied, beacause for low price i got outstanding design, build quality, stereo speakers, fast os with great multitasking. My previous phone was Nokia X6 - my mum uses it as a secondary device, phone works perfectly, and battery life is the same as it was almost 3 years ago.

Nokia 808 is the most interesting device on the market, but I can't afford it right now. I hope I'll be able too buy it before it disappears...

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 04:35 3

53. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


without Symbian there wouldn't be android so show some respect douchebags.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 00:35

56. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2415; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I enjoyed a lot with my N72. Thanks Nokia, bye Symbian (such a great OS), we'll miss you.

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