Hidden in the small print of Nokia’s fourth quarter results press release was a snippet of sad news. While it isn’t unexpected, it still has enough impact to warrant slightly more attention than the two lines buried in amongst all the financial talk. What are we talking about? Nokia has produced its final Symbian smartphone.
The line reads: “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.” So, the well-received but rather specialist 808 PureView is now special for another reason.
Symbian has been a dying breed for sometime, its unpopularity being an instrumental part of Nokia’s fall from grace prior to its adoption of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. Its demise means Nokia now supports only Windows Phone and its own Series 40 software, which is used on its low-cost Asha handsets.
Despite Symbian’s cancellation, Nokia sold 2.2 million Symbian phones during the final quarter of 2012, although this figure wasn’t broken down into specific devices.
Symbian may have come under plenty of fire in the past few years, particularly from tech reporters across the pond, but it has been installed on some ground-breaking smartphones over the years. Who doesn’t think fondly of the Nokia N95, the Nokia N86 and Nokia E71? Symbian may have passed on, but we can’t think of a more appropriate swansong than the 808 PureVew.