Nokia takes back control of Symbian

Symbian Foundation gets new role while Espoo looks after development

Nokia says it's still committed to Symbian despite latest changes.

The Symbian Foundation is to give up development of the smartphone OS, with Nokia taking the task in house, in news announced yesterday.

Instead, the Symbian Foundation will now focus solely on defending the ailing operating system’s intellectual property, as well as promoting it around the world. The move will be completed by March next year, with Nokia saying the changes do not affect its commitment to the OS.

"The future of Symbian as a platform does not depend on the existence of the foundation," said Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia. "The changes announced by the foundation have no impact on Nokia's Symbian device roadmaps or shipping commitments.”

The news comes after both Sony Ericsson and Samsung said that they would no longer be making phones using the operating system, with both shifting their focus to Google Android.

Will this change mean Nokia’s software and hardware finally plays nice together? Or does this really spell the end for Symbian? Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.