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

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.


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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44 Comments

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

13. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

symbian is better than ios

27. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

+10000000000000000000 symbian can do multitasking without limits while iOS there's a limit!

2. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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?

25. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

33. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

34. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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...

39. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

40. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!!!

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!!!

30. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

remeber nokia is not the blame

35. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ok elop then!

7. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

17. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

definitely!! really not acceptable for symbian to end!

8. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

26. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!

9. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 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...

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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...

10. NateAdam8

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

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

11. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 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

12. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

14. Maddy

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

36. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh how i wish...

37. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

same here

38. Maddy

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

15. vikram_s69

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 07, 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

18. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

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.

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