Sony Ericsson gives up on Symbian

Mobile maker shifts focus to WP7 and Android

"We are not seeing visible demand for Symbian," says exec

Sony Ericsson is not planning to use Symbian on any of its forthcoming phones, instead choosing to bet the farm on the success of Android and Windows Phone 7.

The ailing mobile maker’s Chief Technology Officer Jan Uddenfeldt told Swedish paper NyTeknik that, “… at present we have no plans for new products with Symbian.” The Vivaz range were the most recent phones from Sony Ericsson to rock Nokia’s OS.

In further comments, Uddenfeldt said, “Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, although it was a bit slow to take off. But Windows Phone 7 is on the map.”

Sony Ericsson has said that it will remain a member of the Symbian Foundation. But the news that it’s no longer keen on the OS will come as a bitter blow to Nokia as it looks to broaden the OS’s appeal in light of the burgeoning competition.

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Via ZDnet