By Vamien McKalin | Jun 13, 2013 03:14 PM EDT
Symbian is dead, that much we know, but despite that, Nokia was still shipping Symbian phones to smartphone users who would prefer to live in the past. Now, unfortunately for those users, Nokia will no longer ship smartphones based on Symbian, and that's a good thing for the Finnish giant.
By completely moving away from the focus of shipping just a few Symbian devices to none, Nokia will be able to focus more on Windows Phone, which is slowly growing and showing lots of promise in becoming a true contender to the mobile operating system throne.
Furthermore, Symbian was a complete disaster because it took Nokia nearly two years to release a single Symbian device, while it only takes the company just under a year to release a Windows Phone handset to market, according to the Financial Times report.
Nokia said: "It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general."
We understand that the final Symbian device will be shipped this summer, after that, Symbian fans should not expect to purchase another handset unless they are willing to take hold of used devices on eBay or from other retailers. The last Symbian device was the Nokia 808 PureView, a phone that came equipped with a 41-megapixel camera that still proves to be the best camera on a smartphone to date.
Furthermore, it should be noted that Nokia only managed to ship 500,000 Symbian devices in the first quarter of 2013, or "much less than the 5.6m Windows-based Lumia phones, which meant that the operating system accounted for less than 5 per cent of overall smartphone sales," Financial Times said.
That's the sign of an OS without a future in the mobile industry, and fans should not blame Nokia for putting Symbian out of its misery. It has ran its course, it did well, and it will always be remembered as one of the first operating systems for mobile that helped pave the way for the future.
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