We all knew that Symbian’s end is imminent. Some of us were quick to accept the reality and switched to a different platform, while others chose to silently weep and hope for the best. Well, the guessing game is over as Nokia officially announced that Symbian is down for the count.
The news broke when the Finnish company released their Q4 2012 financial results. In this lengthy report, the company pointed out in one of the bullet points under Devices and Services Operating Highlights that the industry-leading Nokia 808 will be the last of its kind. These are the exact words as it was written:
“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.”
It was not a deliberate statement, but if we were to interpret its underlying meaning, it’s clear that Nokia is putting the last set of nails to the once highly regarded platform’s coffin.
Symbian is just one of the many casualties in this ever evolving world of technology. It’s disheartening to see a once great platform be put to rest like this, especially when we know that it still has enough fuel in the tank to make a comeback. To those who stuck with it until the very end, our hats are tipped for you guys, your loyalty is irreplaceable. As for your Symbian handsets (esp. the Nokia 808), keep it as pristine as possible, it may be worth a fortune in the future!