Nokia to Stop Selling Symbian and S40 Phones in U.S.
In an interview with AllThingsD's Ina Fried, Nokia U.S. President Chris Weber said that the company will cease selling its Symbian smartphones and its S40-based feature phones in the U.S. market. Weber said, "When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc. It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere)." Weber indicated that the company is prioritizing the North American market with its forthcoming Windows Phone devices, and will sell them only through U.S. wireless network operators. He also noted that Nokia's San Diego facility will be behind the first batch of Windows Phone 7 devices that it will launch, which will be targeted at the U.S. market. Nokia has long sold feature phones through U.S. carriers, though few of its S60/Symbian smartphones gained traction with U.S. buyers. Nokia announced in February that it would cease developing Symbian and would instead adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft Officially Kicks Off Sales of Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft began selling the Nokia Lumia 630 today, marking the official availability and launch of Windows Phone 8.1. Both the Lumia 630 and Windows Phone 8.1 were revealed by Microsoft and Nokia during the former's Build developer conference in April.
Skype to End Support for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian
Microsoft recently indicated it will cease to support Skype on devices running Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. The company said it will retire the official Skype app for WP7, as well as any ancillary apps that support it over the next few weeks.
WhatsApp Ending Support for Blackberry and Symbian OSes
WhatsApp plans to cease supporting a handful of older mobile operating systems by the end of the year. WhatsApp will stop working on devices running Android 2.1 and 2.2; all BlackBerry OSes, including BlackBerry 10; Nokia's S40 and Symbian S60 platforms; and Windows Phone 7.1.
I was shocked at first...
But I just looked at the big 3 carriers, and there aren't many s40 phones out there.
And then I tried to remember a single s60 phone I liked, and there were none. It was a lame OS which looked like a slopped-together mask over a poorly-developed basic menu.
Even when I was still happy with Java-based apps on feature phones, Nokias were all terrible at running them. Slow, single-task weak phones.
The last Nokia I liked was the 6590.