Is that the end of Symbian?


Recently I've been reading many articles talking about the Symbian continuous decrease.

The last ones I've seen were talking about the fact that in according to market research company Gfk, Android now being the Asia’s most popular Mobile OS. While this is known to be already the case in the US, the Asia numbers should worry Nokia very much. (source)

(Don't like Symbian? Never had a Nokia phone? That's great! Follow me on Twitter and you won't have to worry about it anymore… )

But that's not all.

We all know Nokia took over the Sybian development ownership long ago, but the Symbian Foundation was always somewhere behind the scenes.

Now, according to MobileCrunch, the Symbian Foundation is about to shut down all their websites:

"That’s right, every single website — including the source code, kits, wiki, bug database, reference documentation, and Symbian Ideas hosted on them — will be removed from the web."

Sounds like someone is getting tired of Symbian and I'm not talking about myself of course… MeeGo – here we come!


Dean Murphy said…
In my opinion the Symbian OS started to go downhill after the demise of the Psion devices. Series 60 was always slow, ugly and bloated and the handsets weren't much better. UIQ was better as devices like the P90i were well matched to the OS.

The Symbian OS seemed slow to evolve is the main reason I moved away from Nokia handsets. I was a big Nokia UI fan from the now 14 year old 2110 through to the very popular 6310i (the best and most reliable business phone I've ever owned).

The Ericsson R380 was my first experience of the Symbian OS (I think it was still EPOC in those days) on a mobile phone, this was more like a Psion 5 in a phone and was great.

My first exposure to the Symbian OS we know and hate today was on the 7650, this was the first camera phone and was slow, buggy and very unstable. This may have clouded my view of the Symbian OS as I have never liked it since. I did swallow my views when I ran a training course for Symbian staff on how to demonstrate and evangelise about their Smartphone devices.

As a recent convert to iPhone, I was attracted by design and usability but also knowing that Apple will provide me with operating system upgrades at least once a year and it's almost like having a new phone - how many other device manufacturers provide upgrades going back at least 3 generations - HTC certainly don't and I'm seeing evidence of Android owner frustration in the time it takes to get the current OS released for handset (if at all).