We were a bit surprised at the rather unceremonious way Nokia announced the end of its long relationship with the Symbian name the other day, and we certainly weren't alone.
In fact, such has been the outcry at the burying of the news as a three-word aside in a press release that Nokia has chosen to respond and deal with the issue directly.
The writing has been on the wall for Symbian for a while now – ever since Nokia CEO Stephen Elop labelled it as a “burning platform” back in February. But referring to the forthcoming Belle update as “Nokia Belle (previously Symbian Belle)” isn't much of a send-off – regardless of how tough times have been for the once-mighty operating system.
And after being hit by “heaps of questions” on the subject, Nokia has revealed a few more details on the subject – though it doesn't really leave us knowing a whole lot more than we did this time yesterday.
“We are still using Symbian Belle with some audiences like developers but now we also have the flexibility of using Nokia Belle when referring to our greatest and latest Symbian software update,” Nokia's press release reveals.
Right. So it seems the Symbian name is indeed being consigned to the mobile scrap heap, unless you're a developer, in which case it might not be. Maybe.
Thanks for clearing that up for us, Nokia...