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The last Symbian update, FP2, was the last Symbian update

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The last Symbian update, FP2, was the last Symbian update
Sometimes the simplest inquiry can reveal the expected, yet profound news at the same time. A user of the Nokia Drive app for the Nokia E7 reported a bug and recommended solution to Developer Nokia.

The response from Nokia Developer support was not unexpected, but perhaps a little surprising nonetheless.  However, there is no way to misconstrue the meaning. The last update to Symbian, Belle Feature Pack 2, was the final update to Symbian.  Symbian is now in maintenance mode.

Dear developer,

Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus (sic) Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be implement[ed] without extremely good reason (business case). We have written down your ideas for future development if there is a chance that new features will be released.

Kind Regards
Nokia Developer support

We all knew that Symbian was going to wind down into some type of maintenance mode after Nokia made the announcement that it was going all-in with Windows Phone. What was perhaps not as well known was how the wind down would progress. There was some discussion that FP2 would be the last update to the platform, but it seemed to happen so quietly.  Belle FP2 (also known as Symbian Donna) should have rolled out to the Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia 701 by now as well as the older Symbian^3 devices like the Nokia E7 and Nokia N8.

Those updates may have been delivered via app updates rather than going through carrier testing to update the whole OS. So, if you recently performed a bunch of app updates to your widgets, calendar and other embedded apps to your Symbian device, chances are you got the last feature pack.

The end of an era has arrived, and the beginning of “maintenance mode” is underway. What the future holds is uncertain. We do hope more will be revealed.

sources: DailyMobile and Developer Nokia via All About Symbian

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posted on 15 Oct 2012, 18:35 20

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


You were good when we needed you symbian! *sniff*

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 00:32 10

13. dickwyn (Posts: 596; Member since: 07 May 2012)


symbian is better than ios

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:03 9

27. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


+10000000000000000000

symbian can do multitasking without limits while iOS there's a limit!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 19:08 18

2. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


This is sad. I had 8 Symbian phones out of the dozen phones I owned. I just hope Nokia won't come to a point where they will also release their one last phone.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 19:25 14

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I seriously cannot believe this. Symbian, at one point the synonym of innovation, has reached the end. If Stephen Elop was in front of me I think the term "turn him to a pulp" would be an understatement, for I once loved Nokia based on symbian and MeeGo, hopefully they will just simply be acquired by jolla and the old Nokia would be back in business with a much, much better team,I know my ideas are quite hypothetical but it would be nice to see symbian and MeeGo devices on the market

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 20:34

4. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


May I know why the 701 has been discontinued while the other devices such as the n8 or 603 are not? Is it true that it was suffering from low ringtone volume?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:57 1

25. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


maybe you're wrong.. the one that is discontinued is 603 and 701 is still available...

from where are you?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:49

33. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Wherever I ask, they say they've stopped production. I'm hesitant to buy 701 because of this fact.

Oh and I've had the opportunity to own all the three major OSes, but I've found something lacking in them, be it either software or hardware. Nokia 701 seemed like an amazing phone, both in terms of hardware and software. I know it lacks a lot of apps compared to others but It has all the essential apps I need. Too bad about its questionable future.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:36

34. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yes... 701 is an awesome phone even though its only a mid range phone!

they stop production but it is still available but im pretty sure it is still covered by the 12 months of warranty!

but if i were you.. i'll go for 808 pureview.. it is be the greatest symbian ever..

superb camera...suberb screen...and running latest symbian...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 09:33

39. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


That's way out of my price bracket. Besides I like the the compact size of the 701. Not to mention its superb build quality.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 05:58

40. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ok then... 701 is a good buy!!! camera is superb too... and also running 1.3ghz when running fp1 or fp2...

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 20:51 10

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


im really crying right now because of sadness... i love symbian even though people keep on saying that its is outdated! but have they forgotten that symbian is still one of the world's most capable OS?!

can do multitasking! better than iPhone's... and the battery life is better than android!

and symbian dont need the latest of the latest specs and hardware to do all this stuff... 808 pureview is a legacy!! owning one is an honor! it only runs at 1.3 GHz that is basde at ARMv11 very outdated but still it matches iPhone 5 in terms of browsing speed!!! saw this on youtube..just type "808 pureview vs iPhone 5" then you'll see a fight with browser speed!

and symbian dont need lots of RAM too!!! but on todays standard they call symbian outdated because of its lack of apps and support from nokia even though it can still match the latest of the latest software of android and iOS...

i hope nokia will release a last symbian...even though 808 is a great device but atleast release a symbian phone with LTE if its ok.. and with pureview also!!

symbian is called outdated coz it dont have all the apps... screw that!! yes it dont have extreme 3D games but still my love for symbian will be there forever!!!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 20:55 1

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


the reason why i love blackberry the most now its because they continue the support to their own software...while nokia, they didnt!! they jump to a ship and leave what they have!

meego would be a good choice if they could just allow it to run android apps like blackberry do to their new OS!

they could rework symbian before!! if they just listen to symbian foundation to use UIQ instead of s60..none of this will happen!

remember that nokia air that leak? its like MeeGo, Symbian with QT! its really wonderful! but what did they do? trashed it!!!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:52

30. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


remeber nokia is not the blame

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:36

35. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ok elop then!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:06 6

7. mrllano (Posts: 87; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Everything has to come to an end.. But this is definitely not worth the end

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:12 1

17. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


definitely!! really not acceptable for symbian to end!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:23 4

8. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 348; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I nearly cried after that feb 11, 2011 announcement.
The whole town was screaming, "plz keep Symbian alive, we need it".

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:00 2

26. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


so do i buddy....

really hate elop starting back then...

thats why i love RIM so much because they stick to their own platform! while nokia, jump on to another ship!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:36 8

9. pegasso (Posts: 161; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Nokia shouldn't ditch Symbian. Symbian still has its loyal customers.

i don't mind if they put Symbian on their low-end phones (sub $150 phones, Symbian OS is better than S40/S30 OS), as long as we still have access to new Symbian phones...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:01 2

16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


totally agree with you!! and besides symbian dont need dual core or quad core to run smoothly!!!

it match iPhone 5 which is a dual core in browser test! and battery life of symbian is superb even running a lot of application..i also saw a n8 running almost 20 apps but still it didnt die!

yes... they should really put symbian on low end market instead of these s40!!! i mean what's the point of s40 having 1GHz processor if it dont even do multitasking? games are hilarious....

while symbian, you can run games like asphalt 6, an extreme 3D game!!!

i mean symbian/nokia belle just have 1ghz processor like these new asha.... and most of the symbian phone only has 256RAM but still can play extreme games! so why not put it on low end!!!

i really hate elop for not supporting symbian! i mean even though nokia dont promote 808 pureview and other symbian phone now and they heavily promoted lumia line, symbian still outsold them q2 2012! this just show that symbian has a lot of loyal fans than WP that want to attract fans...

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 23:37 3

10. NateAdam8 (Posts: 220; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Symbian would've made an AWESOME Android Skin then they could've called Symbian UI for Nokia Android

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 23:46 3

11. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


All good things have to end one day or another, but Symbian in my opinion was/is a perfect OS for Mobile phones. I wish Nokia had realized that future rests on Flashy UI and made changes to S60. Anyways my love with symbian still continues, thats why I am not giving up on my Nokia E63 :) #RIP Symbian

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 00:07 2

12. legend1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


symbian is dead........R.I.P

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 00:35 3

14. Maddy (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


No bro...not yet...not yet
Hope we can see symbian RISE again.... :)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:37

36. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


oh how i wish...

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 09:20

37. legend1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


same here

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 09:25

38. Maddy (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


very simple....just kick that pig face Steve Elop out of nokia

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 00:42 3

15. vikram_s69 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)


the only post with no dislike thumb down so far for any comment, I too want that Nokia will emerge to be a King again

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:23 3

18. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Give them time, Nokia will be back. No doubt about it.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:26 1

19. McLaren (unregistered)


I don't understand why Symbian did not get the same success as Android.Basically they are the same thing.Maybe the screen resolution cannot go beyond 640 X 360.Hence,Android is the best version of what a modern Symbian should have looked like.My 701 still satisfies me however.Glad my s2 feeds my geek appetite.Nokia is the best when it comes to network signal.My 701 receives signal in places where my s2 doesn't receive anything.
All swearings in the world go to you Elop,BS motherf***er.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:56

24. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Symbian started in 1999 as a non-touchscreen platform. Since then *a lot* of additions have been made to the essentially 13 year old code base. Over time things get messy, new features become more difficult and slower to implement than competitors newly designed OSes. This is why Symbian was put on the back-burner: Not because it was incapable but because implementing new functionality took a huge amount of time, allowing the gap between Symbian and Android (for example) to grow. That being said, long live Symbian.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:32

20. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


R.I.P. Symbian. You were the best OS back in the day when I bought my first phone. I hope you are going for a good reason and something better than you comes to replace you.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:32 1

21. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


R.I.P. Symbian. You were the best OS back in the day when I bought my first phone. I hope you are going for a good reason and something better than you comes to replace you.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:46 1

23. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


it is still good even as of today... only lacking is apps... and the browser almost par to iPhone 5!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 02:45 1

22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i wish nokia will release the greatest, the best and the beast symbian for one last time!

4.3" screen size (standard for me... bigger than 4.5 is a phablet! smaller than 3.5 is a mp3 player)

a dual core 1.5ghz (i dont think quad core will be good) or even intel's 2ghz single core processor. if symbian still cant run dual core

1/2GB RAM

the monstrous pureview with OIS

polycaronate body but still has a removable battery...

and with 4G + LTE support!

at least let symbian exit with a glorious phone!

even though 808 pureview is a legacy... at least release a phone like this for the last time!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:34 2

28. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


RIP symbian the father of all OSes

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 03:46 2

29. Loubielou (Posts: 226; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Just hope the Old Nokia Employees can step in an Save Symbian like they have with Meego,Mr Elop needs to shown that All the Decisions he made since he stepped in at Nokia are Totally wrong,as Windows as made me an loads of others Switch to Android as its like using Symbian

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 04:19 2

31. SIGPRO (Posts: 476; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Damn my beloved Symbian, still one of the best mobile os's out there.
I still use my N8 beside my N9. Symbian and Meego why they have to kill these mighty os's.....i feel sad! Meego will rise agian with Jolla, i hope Symbian someday to.
What people might say but Symbian and Meego are kings in multitasking and i mean true multitasking. They also did not need the best hardware to run, Symbian is so finetuned that it can run just fine on older hardware......i will never forget the Symbian legends. My N8 will have a nice spot in a while, i am also looking for a 808.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 05:08 2

32. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Don't worry guys. Nothing is final just as goodbyes are not forever. Symbian may be discontinued but I know there are people in Nokia who are loyal to Symbian. One way or another, they will come up with something to bring it back to life.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 04:45 1

41. Loubielou (Posts: 226; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Why?did Nokia believe in Mr Elop an is Plan just to help is Old Employees Microsoft out,o.k Nokia gained investment from Microsoft but Windows was to Restricted an not Open like Symbian,Ever since we have seen a Decline at Nokia an no Outstanding Windows phones,Hope the Old Employees at Nokia can do what they have done with Meego step in an take Symbian over an show to Mr Elop that people still prefer Symbian more than Windows

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 22:26

42. pegasso (Posts: 161; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


here's Nokia's response:
http://www.dailymobile.net/2012/10/18/wait-symbian-is-not-dead-yet/

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 08:41 1

43. johnborgjacob (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)


every symbian fan hopes symbian is revived if not by nokia atleast someone else... loved symbian :'(

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 02:22

44. aco96 (Posts: 207; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


F**k you Elop .i.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 23:54

45. mak007 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


increased piracy of premium apps and games by ..fanclub is big factor of symbian end so loyal customers stop piracy buy licensed apps and games this might encourage nokia to furthermore develop platform and give us more quality updates..

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