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Nokia N8 successor: The last Symbian Smartphone
Nokia is introducing more and more Windows platform based phones into the market and it looks like those phones are able to achieve somewhat better sales figures than the Symbian counter parts. In order to take on powerful competitors like Android and Apple mobile OS, Nokia do need an OS that can hold up against them. Windows platform based phones seems to be doing a good job at this.
So whether Nokia would put an end to the Symbian platform once and for all is yet to be seen. Even if there are rumours that Nokia is working on Symbian Carla and Symbian Donna platforms there is a huge speculation that these firm wares might not see the light of the day. A successor to the N8 is rolling out soon and according to the tech world that might be the last device to come up in Symbian platform.
The good thing is that Nokia would continue offering support for their Symbian based devices. So the existing users would be getting updates and bug fixes even after the firmware gets rolled up. During the last Mobile world congress Nokia announced their Windows phones, Nokia had made it clear that they plan to sell 150 million more of Symbian devices before completely putting a halt to this platform. If we consider the sales charts of the previous years we can see that Nokia’s plans have not gone as well as expected.
The sales chart of Symbian phones is in a very steep downward slope now. This is part because of the aggressive promotion that they have given for their Windows phones and also because of the increasing popularity of Android phones. According to the CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop this diminishing figures are because of the demand for low cost smart phones and the difficult market conditions. Finally he concluded by saying that they now believe that they would be able to sell fewer Symbian devices that expected.
Accenture has acquired some 3000 Symbian software developers from Nokia last year. According to the agreement made by them the company is to provide Symbian software support to Nokia up to the year 2016. But Nokia new plans seem to contradict with this contract and this much resource is very unlikely to be put to use.
What are in store for Nokia and its Symbian devices is yet to be seen. If the sales figures are still declining then the complete switch to Windows may not be very much delayed.