Nokia: Q4 was 'last meaningful quarter' for Symbian sales
Nokia CFO Timo Ihamuotila called the fourth quarter of 2012 "the last meaningful quarter for Symbian," the mobile operating system that once dominated its smartphone portfolio. During a conference call Thursday morning, Ihamuotila said Nokia sold 2.2 million Symbian devices during the fourth quarter--in comparison, sales of Nokia Lumia smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone reached 4.4 million. Ihamuotila added that moving forward, Nokia will focus its efforts on a mix of Windows Phone devices, Series 40-based smartphones and lower-end handsets.
Nokia embraced Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform in early 2011, and a few months later transferred Symbian software development and support to global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing firm Accenture. Once the world's largest smartphone OS in terms of market share, Symbian powered just 2.3 of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the third quarter of 2012, according to IDC data. Article