Nokia confirms it is done building Symbian devices
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) will no longer manufacture devices running Symbian, the mobile operating system that once dominated its smartphone portfolio.
While Symbian's eventual fate was sealed in early 2011 when Nokia embraced Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, the company continued producing a limited number of Symbian devices in the months to follow. But Nokia's fourth quarter 2012 earnings report reveals its Symbian efforts are finished: "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," the company stated.
Nokia sold 15.9 million smartphones during the fourth quarter. Sales of Series 40-powered Asha devices led the way at 9.3 million, followed by 4.4 million Windows Phone-based Lumia smartphones and 2.2 Symbian phones. Earlier this month, Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila called the fourth quarter "the last meaningful quarter for Symbian," and said that moving forward, the company will focus its efforts on a mix of Windows Phone, Series 40 and lower-end handsets.
Once the leader in worldwide smartphone market share, Symbian quickly fell out of favor as Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android ushered in an era of more advanced, user-friendly devices: According to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Symbian accounted for just 0.1 percent of U.S. smartphone sales during the 12-week period ending Dec. 23, 2012.
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