Symbian 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.