Two years ago, Nokia had announce that their future phones will be running on Windows Phone OS and soon followed a beeline of Lumia devices from Nokia which were powered with Windows Phone OS. As new Windows Phone came out in the market, Nokia’s Symbian OS slowly started disappearing and now the time has come when you won’t see Nokia releasing any new Symbian powered smartphone in the future.
In the coming summer, Nokia will be releasing the last Symbian powered smartphones. The Symbian OS was quite a popular operating system before Android and iOS became popular. By the way, Nokia will not be releasing any official statement as there is some devices yet left in the markets in the world that are yet to be sold.
In 2010, Symbian was leading the operating system even though phones running on the Symbian OS were consistently declining. The second spot was held by RIM. In 2011, when Nokia started releasing phones running on Windows Phone, Nokia released less number of Symbian phones. By 2012, Nokia started concentrating on Windows Phone OS and gave less importance to marketing Symbian phones.
The latest Symbian smartphone available in the market is Nokia 808 PureView. It surprised all the tech enthusiasts by coming out with 41 MP camera. Because of an OS that was losing popularity and costly price tag, the Nokia 808 PureView failed to attract any support from cellular service provider.
Even though Nokia has planned to stop shipments of Symbian from this summer, it will continue to sell in markets where there is still popularity for Symbian phones. However, this will only happen until the stock lasts. According to Elop Stephen who is Nokia’s CEO, they have made a good decision to concentrate on Windows Phone devices to compete with Samsung and Android.
Nokia has released couple of Windows Phone powered budget phones like Lumia 520 and Lumia 620. They have also released high-end phones like Lumia 920 and Lumia 920. As far as, low cost phones are concerned, Nokia has released couple phones as Nokia Asha phones which is powered with very own software.
So, Nokia 808 Pureview is the last Symbian phone and in the future we won’t see any Symbian phones from Nokia. One of the reasons why Nokia has given up on Symbian is the lengthy period of development of the OS. Nokia stated that it takes around 22 months to release a Symbian phone whereas it only takes less than a year to release a Windows Phone device.
Some of the devices from Nokia that became quite popular were the Nokia 9210 Communicator which full-keyboard with multimedia experience. The Nokia 7650 was the first S60 UI Symbian phone which came with a digital camera onboard with polyphonic ringtone. The Nokia Ngage was a very popular gaming phone. The business class phones like Nokia E71 and Nokia e6 also became quite popular. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic was a popular music based smartphone with touchscreen which was featured in the batman movie, The Dark Knight.