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Lee Williams, head of the Symbian Foundation, has resigned.  (Source:
Nokia has now lost top-level execs for both of its OS's

The talent losses keep piling up for Nokia, as multiple sources today report Lee Williams, director of the Symbian Foundation, is stepping down for "personal reasons."

The Symbian Foundation is a non-profit company -- majority-owned by Nokia -- that develops the eponymous and still most widely used mobile operating system in the world. Williams was with the foundation for more than 10 years, according to Mobile Magazine. He will be replaced by Tim Holbrow, the company's CFO until now.

While Williams wasn't directly employed by the Nokia Corporation, its majority ownership in Symbian and the fact that it employs the open-source OS in most of its mobile devices means that the shakeup will certainly affect the Finnish telecom company. It's starting to become tough to count on one hand how many top-level executives have left in just the last two months. Most recently, Ari Jaaksi, the VP in charge of Nokia's Meego Devices resigned just two weeks ago. Before that, Nokia's CEO was replaced with a Microsoft executive, prompting Nokia's head of N-Series to quit (for reportedly being snubbed to take the top spot). 

Regardless, Symbian is still selling quite well internationally. A report in August put Symbian's worldwide daily sales figures at 300,000 -- 50% more than the 200,000 Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed Android was selling. Still, Nokia and Symbian are losing in the U.S. market, to the likes of Apple, and, particularly Android. We'll see what moves Nokia makes to try to recapture the lucrative market now that much of the old guard has been replaced.

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By KIAman on 10/20/2010 3:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
nobody really cares.

except me.

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By niva on 10/20/2010 4:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
Hah, right on. I'm also sticking with my N95 in hopes that Meego will be worth it... perhaps I should just jump on the Android band-wagon and get this over with.

By kingius on 10/21/2010 4:51:05 AM , Rating: 2
I quite like the n95 as it is today and don't want anything new; I wouldn't mind disabling that media button though!

No Brainer
By ICBM on 10/20/2010 10:02:56 PM , Rating: 3
They are losing market share in the US because carriers don't offer their phones. If people could get an N8 for the same price as iphones/androids, that would be a good place to start.

I personally have liked Symbian since the N95, and I am very curious about the N8.

By ironique on 10/21/2010 2:10:38 AM , Rating: 3
Just UI, that's all. Symbian is solid at it's core, they just need to work on that UI! Symbian^3 is an improvement, but what's needed is something revolutionary. Perhaps meego? Let's wait and see.

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