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Nokia's CEO says to expect Symbian updates up until 2016 at the earliest

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Nokia's CEO says to expect Symbian updates up until 2016 at the earliest
For those of you worried that your Symbian flavored Nokia phone will become obsolete the second that the first model with Windows Phone 7 inside is shipped, we have some good news. Saying that there is, "a long history still to be paved for Symbian in the future," the Finnish-based firm's CEO, Stephen Elop, said that the manufacturer will continue to push out updates for the OS until 2016 at the earliest.

Elop didn't say how long Nokia will continue to churn out Symbian powered phones, but it is clear that Nokia is putting all of its chips down on Windows Phone 7, much the way that Motorola decided to make Android its future just before it delivered the DROID. One major difference is that Elop's company had earlier said that it will still sell 150 million handsets using the Symbian OS before fully committing to Microsoft's mobile OS.

source: Engadget

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posted on 26 May 2011, 21:39 1

1. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Wall Street Analysts were predicting that smartphone sales would outpace computer sales in 2015, then in mid-year 2010 they changed their prediction to 2012.
It happened in the 4th quarter of 2010.

2016?! People worldwide started jumping ship the day Nokia announced it would be phasing out Symbian for WP. New models have gone from weekly releases to '1 or so per month'. What enduser will be left still using a Symbian model at that time? Competition will be more intense by then and profit margin scrutinizing will not allow them to waste the resources to bother updating them. My N900 was abandoned after about 9 months. Nokia abandoned Maemo and will abandon Meego very soon.

I would not trust this vapor of a promise from Microsoft Corp's Sleeper and Secret Weapon....

posted on 27 May 2011, 00:30

4. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


I disagree. The N900 was never marketed as a device for the masses. It was a tablet computer marketed mostly to developers and Linux fan-boys. Its' open source Maemo/Qt platform is still supported by a devoted development community. A terrific device, but not a smartphone.

If Nokia intends to sell another 150M Symbian devices, it must have a clear estimate of how long it intends to fund support for the OS. With such a massive install base, it would be ludicrous not to continue support, especially when incremental sales of Symbian yield a +NPV. That being said, I think the number of Symbian devices launched after 2011 will drop dramatically and be positioned in the low to mid price range of Nokia's smartphone portfolio; to make ample room for and differentiation with its WP based offerings. IMHO.

posted on 26 May 2011, 23:44 2

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


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posted on 27 May 2011, 02:35

5. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


They should just focus on meego or maemo or whatever they call it, lol.

posted on 27 May 2011, 03:25 2

6. Tarkio (unregistered)


Why not try reading the article before commenting.

posted on 27 May 2011, 21:03

14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I did, and they're not makng any sense :)

posted on 27 May 2011, 04:19

7. cholay (unregistered)


nokia should still run symbian OS......remember. Symbian is an operating system that raising nokia brand............................................. .................................................. .

posted on 27 May 2011, 08:20

9. nokiauser (unregistered)


Does Elop know that there are two symbians platform, namely the S40 and the S60 (maybe ^3). So which is he refering to? Does he know that the S40 is for the lower end budget phones geared more towards Asia and the Middle East, and WP7 can't possibly replace it???

posted on 27 May 2011, 09:54

10. symbianuser (unregistered)


S40 isn't Symbian at all, it's their feature phone OS. Big difference :)

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