Nokia Confirms Symbian to Fade Away
March 28, 2011 3:24 PM
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Introduces new typeface and branding in effort to move forward
It's no secret that, even before
Nokia announced its "strategic partnership" with Microsoft
, the most popular mobile OS on the planet, Symbian, was
in the midst
a slow death
. But the deal to bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia devices certainly had a big impact in
accelerating Symbian's decline
Nokia's VP Purnima Kochikar has confirmed that Symbian will likely just fade away
in an open letter to developers
, despite the fact that there are a number of Symbian-based devices in the pipeline during the "transition period" of 2011-2012.
"In many markets, including markets where Symbian is currently the lead smartphone platform with significant market share such as China, India, Russia and Turkey, we will continue to make our Symbian portfolio as competitive as possible while we work with Microsoft to introduce Windows Phone," the letter says.
But when pressed to give a cut-off for the OS, Kochikar equivocates: "We cannot give you the date when Symbian will no longer be supported.
"Our intention is that when users come to the end of the natural lifecycle of their Symbian device they will make the change to a Nokia Windows Phone device and so it would not be in our interests to undermine their Nokia smartphone experience."
Meanwhile, Nokia has begun a rebranding phase, starting with
a new font and look for promotional materials
. The new font, dubbed "Nokia Pure" is meant to look, well, "pure and simple." The flow of the letters is intended to create "the impression of forward movement."
In addition to promotional materials, the new font will be used on Nokia devices.
According to the Nokia blog
, the font has been designed specifically for use in mobile and digital environments.
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I believe it was risky to ride on the back of Microsoft,
4/3/2011 10:45:38 AM
but there is no risk is automatic failure, and Symbian was way too far behind the times. They either needed to overhaul it completely, or let it go.
Nokia also pointed out they would have no way to be competitive in the Android world, so it made sense to go Win7. HP is not letting webOS go public just yet, and obviously they cant do anything about Apple.
I am sure the fanboys probably would have been happier of Symbian were just overhauled and improved, but there arent enough new sales to keep that profitable. Many folks around the world just get a low-end model and try to keep it for years. WP7 will generate some hype and perhaps keep Nokia going strong with all the competition.
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