Ah, Symbian, we knew you well. The once-dominant mobile OS is finally being put out to pasture, with Nokia responding to a developer request by confirming “Symbian is in maintenance mode”.
In other words, we'll only be getting bug fixes from now on, meaning Belle Feature Pack 2 is the last full update the platform will see.
When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced last February that the company was moving away from Symbian (and MeeGo) in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone, Elop promised a gradual phasing out rather than an abrupt cull.
But when Symbian's popularity plummeted more quickly than expected in the wake of the announcement, Nokia decided to speed up the process, rolling up what were supposed to be the Carla and Donna updates into Feature Pack updates to Belle.
And that, it seems, is where things will be left for good. Responding to a developer suggestion on how to improve Nokia Drive, the company said “Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be implement[ed] without extremely good reason.”
The message ended with the slightly surreal: “We have written down your ideas for future development if there is a chance that new features will be released.”
Via Daily Mobile