Symbian party's over as Nokia sends Carla and Donna packing

Symbian party's over as Nokia sends Carla and Donna packingWe've known for more than a year now that Symbian's days are officially numbered, but there's still surprisingly little consensus on what the number actually is, and how the once-dominant OS will see out its remaining days.

However, a Nokia Europe exec may just have cleared it up for us, and if you were holding back your best pick-up lines in anticipation of Carla and Donna arriving at the Symbian party, you're in for a disappointment: they're not coming.

That's what Nokia South Europe marketing manager Mathias Fiorin has said anyway, according to Italian Nokia blog Nokialino (translated). Talking informally at the Italian launch of the Nokia 808 PureView, the Nokia exec revealed that the Carla and Donna evolutions of Symbian had been cancelled, with the recent Belle FP1 update having inherited the essence of what Carla had been supposed to offer.

Nokia has probably been through more drama over the past 18 months than in its entire existence up to that point put together. It all started with Stephen Elop's seismic announcement 16 months ago that Nokia was ditching its involvement with MeeGo and phasing out Symbian to make room for a brave new world snuggled up to Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer's ample bosom.

We were shown a pretty graph showing how Symbian would still be kept ticking over with new hardware and software upgrades all the way to 2016, when it would finally be put to pasture.

Reality, however, has proved slightly different. Despite an aggressive policy of all-but-completely emptying the Symbian bag of tricks last year to keep the wheels turning while the opening Windows Phone devices were being developed. Symbian's sales plummeted, increasingly calling into question the wisdom of persisting with OS updates and support all the way to 2016.

The confusion hasn't exactly been helped by Nokia renaming Symbian Belle to Nokia Belle, and then out of nowhere producing its most innovative new handset in years in the 808 PureView, a new Symbian handset announced more than a year after Elop's statement of no confidence in the platform.

Given that Fiorin's comments were made at a social event, and come to us via the vagaries of Google Translate, there is still some chance that he's been misquoted, but it's hard to imagine how.

Ultimately it looks like the name change to Nokia Belle was made because Nokia knows it won't be changing it, with a pair of “feature packs” for the platform all that's now left of what was to be Carla and Donna.

It's all a bit disappointing, really.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 25, 2012 at 11:09

booh.

gitano  May. 25, 2012 at 11:59

Carla and Donna was renamed in FP1 and FP2 for not create confusion. Like Anna/Belle, FP1/FP2 will be a great upgrade, but you know that all this name are only the name of Symbian^3 version...indeed, of s60!

JanSt / MOD  May. 25, 2012 at 15:38

errm... yes...

satchef1  May. 25, 2012 at 19:05

Umm, guys... this was debunked before you even posted it. Also, if you check the source of the story you'll note that there's been more than just a little creative license used as the story has circulated the internet:

'Carla is no longer a name we use. FP1 is pretty much what was once known as Carla.'

Anyone see a problem with this story when weighed against this quote? It's almost entirely conjecture, made up by a variety of bloggers across the net. It's based on a single sentence that actually contradicts the reported story; journalistic fiction.

A word to the wise; check the original source. If the story you read on another blog doesn't match the original source then either don't report it, or point out the fault in others' reporting. The sole story here is that Carla is now known as FP1. There was literally no mention of how this affects future Symbian support.

JanSt / MOD  May. 25, 2012 at 22:13

Umm, guys... this was debunked before you even posted it. Also, if you check the source of the story you'll note that there's been more than just a little creative license used as the story has circulated the internet:

'Carla is no longer a name we use. FP1 is pretty much what was once known as Carla.'

Anyone see a problem with this story when weighed against this quote? It's almost entirely conjecture, made up by a variety of bloggers across the net. It's based on a single sentence that actually contradicts the reported story; journalistic fiction.

A word to the wise; check the original source. If the story you read on another blog doesn't match the original source then either don't report it, or point out the fault in others' reporting. The sole story here is that Carla is now known as FP1. There was literally no mention of how this affects future Symbian support.


Very true, satchef!
Assuming the PureView 808 is out in June, contractually, Nokia will have to provide software supports and -updates for at least 2 years (the norm in the EU at least). That means 2014. Considering that, smoking platform or not, pre-E71 Symbian devices are still getting improvements, that is a given.
Plenty of time for plenty of updates. I personally don't care if I get Helga the Donut or PR 2.5...

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