Elop promises Symbian support until 'at least 2016'

Elop promises Symbian support until 'at least 2016'Symbian may have become a bit of a mobile punching bag of late, but in the global context it remains a hugely popular operating system used by millions of people.

Nokia certainly hasn't forgotten that, either, and boss Stephen Elop has just announced software support for the platform will continue until “at least 2016”.

Despite having nailed its colours to the Windows Phone 7 mast back in February, Nokia has continued trying to big up Symbian's appeal – despite having made it explicitly clear that it's looking to scale back its commitment to the platform.

It's a confusing picture, and has led to a fair bit of speculation as to just what Nokia's roadmap actually looks like. But in an interview with the Chinese arm of Nokia Conversations, Elop has set the record straight and revealed that Symbian will be around a bit longer than most of us expected.

“So we are in a period where the investment in Symbian absolutely continues,” Elop said. “Even as we go through a transition to our primary smartphone platform, Windows Phone, you will see that continued investment and I know there have been questions about how long does that continue and we've now been very clear about that - that software updates to Symbian devices are expected until at least 2016. So there's a long history still to be paved for Symbian in the future.”

Twisted metaphors aside, it's good news for the Symbian faithful. Of course, that doesn't mean we'll be seeing new Symbian phones until 2016, but at least those who are still on the platform can look forward to receiving some update love.

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