'Symbian is here to stay' – Nokia exec

'Symbian is here to stay' – Nokia execRemember Symbian? Well, of course you do – just about all of us have used the OS at some point or other in our mobile lives.

It's also common knowledge that Nokia has switched to Windows Phone 7 for its smartphone needs, ditching MeeGo and agreeing to phase out the ailing Symbian too. Yet that doesn't mean Symbian is dead and buried. Far from it, claims one Nokia exec.

Vlasta Berka, general manager for Nokia Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, has issued a lively rallying cry for the platform at the launch of the Nokia E7 smartphone in Singapore, claiming the company still expects to sell in the region of 150 million Symbian phones going forward.

“Just because we're changing our direction in terms of smartphone platform, it doesn't mean that the existing platform is completely broken,” Blerka said. “We still have obligations to our users, developers, business partners and customers.

“Symbian is here to stay. Symbian will still be around, but it's just going to go somewhere around the corner.”

The E7, which like the similar Nokia N8 runs Symbian^3 – the last version of the OS released before the Microsoft team-up – was seen as a pivotal device for the company's 2011 prospects before the WinPho announcement, and is clearly a rallying point for much of the pro-Symbian sentiment still within Nokia.

However, going “around the corner” is hardly going to turn Symbian's fortunes around, especially with Nokia boss Stephen Elop having shown off a slide a fortnight ago showing pretty clearly that Nokia plans to cut all support from the OS down the line.

Despite that, Berka promised over 50 improvements would be rolled out to the Symbian platform by the end of the year, ranging from visual enhancements to performance boosts.

Via CNET Asia

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5 comments

faffing  Feb. 24, 2011 at 10:18

Excuse my ignorance, but what’s the point in just "the last version before".. Symbian is a crud OS, its not useful in most cases and its lacking that special feeling that Linux/Android phones have.. Stupid waste of resources and money. I never did like Nokia anyway, they deserve windows, they have the same rotten closed minded ethics anyway.

Good luck, and good bye!

mcderment  Feb. 24, 2011 at 10:29

nokia execs need to start singing from the same hymn sheet.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2011 at 11:01

yeah, pretty wishy-washy... though, they still support Maemo despite having 'dumped' it a good while ago.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2011 at 17:01

faffing????????
Nokia bought Symbian and practically gave it away for free... Maemo IS linux. What is your point exactly?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2011 at 12:11

I just installed Opera Mini 6 on my Nokia C7, and I'm impressed - it feels like using an iPhone or high-end Android device. There clearly is a lot of life left in Symbian - as long as app developers make an effort!

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