Nokia 808 PureView officially the end of the line for Symbian

Nokia 808 PureView officially the end of the line for SymbianWe all pretty much accepted it was the case anyway, but Nokia has officially confirmed that the 41-megapixel 808 PureView was its last ever Symbian handset release.

The writing was on the wall for the once-dominant OS two years ago thanks to Stephen Elop's “burning platform” speech, but Nokia put the final full stop on Symbian's demise in its Q4 2012 earnings report through the week.

“Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia,” the company announced as it revealed its first profitable quarter in nearly two years.

The figures revealed Nokia's Windows Phone armada outsold its ageing Symbian flock two to one, with sales of 4.4m WP devices versus 2.2m Symbian phones, yet its phones division on its own continues to run at a loss, confirming that things are far from rosy despite the steady increase in WP sales.

And that seems as much down to Symbian's quicker-than-expected demise as Windows Phone's slow uptake, with initial plans calling for continued Symbian releases into next year and updates and support through 2016.

The reality has proved far different. Elop's very public Symbian cold shoulder unsurprisingly saw a huge drop-off in the OS' popularity in 2011, and meant the 808 PureView's appearance at MWC a year ago was seen even then as a bit of a last hurrah.

A specialist photographic device, the 808's camera abilities were too closely interwoven with Symbian's workings to switch development over to Windows Phone mid-stream, and we're still waiting for a Windows Phone-based Lumia release that gets even close to its imaging abilities, though that wait is expected to end later this year.

In the meantime, the Nokia 808 PureView stands as the final bastion of what was once the most dominant mobile platform on the planet. Nokia promises it will continue to support the 808 PureView, but suggests that too will only continue for a limited time.

“Symbian devices accounted for 2.2 million units of our Smart Devices volumes in the fourth quarter 2012,” Nokia's earnings report reveals. “We expect our Symbian devices to account for a significantly smaller portion of our overall Smart Devices volumes in the first quarter 2013 and going forward.”

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 26, 2013 at 14:42

Is Nokia the new Apple? http://www.fool.com/investing/international/2013/01/25/is-nokia-the-new-apple.aspx Hahaha

Sorry, I meant, "who knows" ;)

Pondlife  Jan. 26, 2013 at 15:11

They should think of that headline this way. Is Elop the new Jobs? Shouldn't take long to dismiss that idea then....

Besides which Apple weren't just churning out stuff on others os (similar stuff on that os to other manufacturers for that matter), it would be more applicable if they were still using symbian...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 26, 2013 at 15:16

They should think of that headline this way. Is Elop the new Jobs? Shouldn't take long to dismiss that idea then....

Besides which Apple weren't just churning out stuff on others os (similar stuff on that os to other manufacturers for that matter), it would be more applicable if they were still using symbian...


All true... those idiotic world-ruining vampiric bloodsucking sharehounds (sorry, hounds ;) )

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