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Nokia Ships Last Batch of Symbian Phones

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Jun 12, 2013, 7:56 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Nokia has manufactured and shipped the very last series of smartphones running its Symbian smartphone platform, reports the Financial Times. Nokia has been transitioning away from Symbian since 2011 in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The company has not introduced any new Symbian-based models in some time, and the devices that recently shipped are expected to be sold before the end of summer, marking the end for Nokia's once-vaunted smartphone platform. "It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door," explained Nokia to FT. "With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general." Nokia is now the world's leading supplier of Windows Phone devices, owning approximately 80% of the Windows Phone market. It's overall share of the smartphone market, however, trails market leaders Samsung, Apple, and others.


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Jun 12, 2013, 10:27 AM

The king is dead...

The king of smartphone OS just a handful of years ago is now dead. There are some very unique things that Symbian had to offer that I have yet to see on the major smartphone platforms but touch interaction and web browsing were not its strengths.
Isn't the saying "The king is dead, long live the king" ?

And yes, I agree, however they are the new kings of Windows phone, and I really like the looks of these new devices. They are very capable.
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