Nokia to ditch Symbian name altogether in February

Nokia to ditch Symbian name altogether in FebruarySymbian has played a major role in the evolution of the mobile phone market as we know it today, but in recent years the once-mighty OS has seen its market share – and its reputation – taking a beating.

Soon, however, the Symbian name will be gone forever, with Nokia having revealed that it is rebranding the OS under its own name.

Nokia didn't create Symbian, and until a couple of years ago it wasn't the only manufacturer using the software either. But with the likes of Samsung and Sony Ericsson having long since abandoned the OS, Nokia has taken Symbian's development in house and it has become in effect a proprietary Nokia OS.

And so Nokia has decided to rebrand the platform as exactly that – a Nokia OS, confining the name Symbian to the history books once and for all.

It isn't making much of a fuss about it either: the rebranding is mentioned almost as an after-thought in a press release to announce the details of when the Belle update will be heading for Nokia's existing Symbian Anna lineup.

“The all new Nokia Belle (previously Symbian Belle) user interface will soon be available for download,” the release announces. Nokia doesn't go into any further details, but we'd imagine the move is partly to avoid the potential for confusion in having Symbian phones and Windows Phones existing side-by-side.

For the record, the update will start heading out to Symbian Anna handsets in February.

Via Nokia Conversations

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2011 at 11:37

So, now they waste money (and our time) on a re-branding campaign? The mind boggles.
I think I shall refrain from further thinking about Nokia and Microsoft. And some other things that make no sense.

Treab  Dec. 22, 2011 at 11:56

Join us janny in the android camp...

you know you want to ...

we even have jet packs straight to the top ;)

http://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/google-io-2011-android-momentum-animation-rockets-ignite-655x388.jpg?w=655&h=388

musne17  Dec. 22, 2011 at 12:08

Sounds like a sex toy to me.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2011 at 14:28

Treab-y,
I'm open-os-minded.
But I still like Symbian. And the 20 minutes I had with an X7 on Belle showed me there's still life in it.
To Nokia I have nothing much to say anymore, though ;)
You sleep with the devil and all that :p

Treab  Dec. 22, 2011 at 16:20

Join us janny...

become

ONE OF US

ONE OF US..

http://memberfiles.freewebs.com/77/65/43166577/photos/One%20of%20us%20is%20not%20who%20he%20seems.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2011 at 17:17

Stepford Rabbits o_O

Treab  Dec. 22, 2011 at 19:22

the jealousy is dripping off you janny ;)

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2011 at 19:26

Okay okay - I really really want an Android phone. #iWantItAll

Treab  Dec. 22, 2011 at 19:28

so janny hows the note?

i saw one today at CPW and i just laughed... its properly mahoussive... you hear 5.3" and think not that big until you see it in profile and realise it makes a 4.3" look tiny...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2011 at 20:09

Treab - offtopic, but the Note's not bad. It definitely outperforms the SGS2 (with stock ROM), but the SIZZZZE is a joke and the S-Pen needs more work. Would I buy one to keep? Nah... Great for browsing, though.

Treab  Dec. 22, 2011 at 20:15

Yeah i know what you mean. such a shame really. im hoping sammy utilises that pen idea into smaller phones then it would be perfect (imo)

equ  Dec. 23, 2011 at 14:42

Sounds like Symbion has just been uncancled. Nokia needed a phone OS that would work on cheap handsets but deliver smartphone funtionality and it sounds like they realised they already had it. Opps Elop!

Anyway now with my nice new SGS2 as my primery phone I may still get a "Nokia OS" phone as my secondary phone to replace my 5800 when it dies as SatNaving with OviMaps is a really good experiance.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 16:48

Equ,
Good points ;)
The new 1GHz devices with Belle are nice - but I'd like to see a screen of at least 3.7in - or improve on the E6...

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