Remember 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