So Symbian has now been put into “maintenance mode” – no surprise really, since Stephen Elop effectively disowned it early last year and 2012 has seen just one new smartphone launch on the platform.
Problem is the handset in question is the 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView, which only went on sale in the Spring. Well, the good news is Nokia has clarified that its uber-cameraphone is the one exception to the Symbian death-sentence.
Symbian's demise has been a long time coming – in fact its death sentence was officially sealed the moment Elop called it a “burning platform” in February last year.
With sales immediately drying up, Nokia decided to roll its planned updates for the platform into service pack releases, leaving Symbian Belle as the final destination for Symbian users.
Last week, however, a developer asking about improvements to the OS was told “Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be implement[ed] without extremely good reason”.
Today, though, MyNokiaBlog has surfaced a follow-up message clarifying that the original response didn't apply to the 808 PureView, which still might see the odd update or two heading out over the airwaves.
“I would like to make short correction to our previous comments just to avoid
potential misunderstandings,” a message from Nokia Developer Support reads. “When we were talking about maintenance mode we were actually referring to our earlier Symbian releases.
“We do have new feature development for PureView 808 product and we periodically evaluate what updates are needed to attract the end users. Your comments will we re-evaluated in these cross-check points.”
The logical conclusion, then, is that if the 808 does receive updates and improvements, they will be of a device-specific nature rather than across-the-board Symbian enhancements. In other words, expect a few camera-related software goodies to roll out, and very little else.