Nokia waves goodbye to Symbian OS
Nokia has finally put Symbian to rest, after years of being used as Nokia's budget smartphone OS it is to be replaced by Microsoft's own Windows Phone 8
Nokia have revealed that the Nokia 808 PureView, released last year, will be the last mobile phone that the company releases to run the Symbian operating system.
In a company’s earnings announcement released this morning, Nokia confirmed that it would be killing off its Symbian OS in favour of the Windows Phone 8 operating system which is available on the company’s Lumia series of smartphones.
In the report, Nokia said: "During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian. The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid- 2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia,"
"Symbian devices accounted for 2.2 million units of our Smart Devices volumes in the fourth quarter 2012. We expect our Symbian devices to account for a significantly smaller portion of our overall Smart Devices volumes in the first quarter 2013 and going forward."
Symbian was the world’s biggest smartphone platform until 2011, but only accounted for 2.6% of smartphone handset shipments as of the last quarter of 2012, compared to over 72% for Android. Demand contributed significantly to this decline but it was to be expected, with Nokia focusing the majority of its efforts on Windows Phone.
Talking about Nokia’s financial results, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop added:“We are very encouraged that our team’s execution against our business strategy has started to translate into financial results. Most notably we are pleased that Nokia Group reached underlying operating profitability in the fourth quarter and for the full year 2012.
“While the first half of 2012 was difficult for Nokia Group, in Q4 2012 we strengthened our financial position, improved our underlying operating margin in Devices & Services, introduced the HERE brand to expand our mapping and location experiences, and drove record profitability in Nokia Siemens Networks.
“We remain focused on moving through our transition, which includes continuing to improve our product competitiveness, accelerate the way we operate and manage our costs effectively. All of these efforts are aimed at improving our financial performance and delivering more value to our shareholders.”