Nokia set to stop shipping Symbian phones
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) will halt shipments of smartphones running the Symbian mobile operating system this summer, The Financial Times reports.
Symbian once dominated Nokia's smartphone portfolio, but its eventual fate was sealed in early 2011 when the device maker embraced Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform. Nokia continued producing a limited number of Symbian devices in the months to follow, but its fourth quarter 2012 earnings report revealed its Symbian development efforts are now done: "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 just 500,000 Symbian units during the first quarter of 2013.
While Symbian remains popular in some emerging markets, Nokia is targeting that demographic with its Asha OS, which touts a smartphone-caliber user experience optimized for limited-resource hardware. Asha leverages technologies developed by Smarterphone, which Nokia acquired in late 2011. Article (sub. req.)