It’s the end of the road for the Symbian platform as Nokia announced that the Nokia PureView 808 will be their last smartphone running on Symbian OS. In the company’s full year earning’s report they said that “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.”
Over a year ago there had already been rumors floating around that the 808 will be the last Symbian smartphone but it wasn’t until the earning’s report that it became official. The good news though is that PureView technology will not fade away as the company is reportedly planning to bring this over to a Windows Phone device which is codenamed EOS. For those who still don’t know, PureView technology is a picture oversampling technique that results in higher definition and allows for a lossless zoom. Photos taken using this technology come out great.
The company’s plan to stop their Symbian smartphone line isn’t a surprise at all since the fourth quarter results of the company shows that sales of Symbian smartphones account for only 2.2 million units while Asha devices sold 9.3 million units and Windows Phone devices sold 4.4 million units.
Nokia once ruled the smartphone market with their Symbian phones but the appearance of iOS and Android devices severely eroded their market share. The company’s continued support of Symbian for several years is one of the main reasons why their market share has dwindled. The company is currently trying to recover their lost share in the market by teaming up with Microsoft and releasing Windows Phone models.
Symbian started out in 1998 and was a collaborative effort between Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson and Psion. The vision was to create a common smartphone platform. Although collaboration never really worked smoothly several devices were released running on Symbian.