Nokia: No new or updated apps for Symbian and MeeGo from Jan. 1st

Nokia will be selling off its Devices and Services business to Microsoft sometime in the next few months, and when Microsoft acquires the division it plans to develop new Windows Phones and Asha handsets going forward with the help of Nokia's former team members. That means the vast Symbian phone app ecosystem, along with apps made for the MeeGo OS, will slowly find their support coming to an end.

A few days ago, Symbian and MeeGo app developers got an email from Nokia announcing that support for those app storefronts will be reduced in the near future. The email, as printed on the Symbian Developers site, states:

If you have Symbian and MeeGo content in the Nokia Store, it will continue to be available for download to customers, and you will continue to receive download and revenue reports as well as payouts for downloaded content. However, starting January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo.

A few weeks ago, Nokia's Sales and Marketing VP Chris Weber stated on the company's official blog that the company will have "support for Symbian until 2016." While that may be true in terms of people who own Symbian phones, it would appear that developers of Symbian apps will see that support end much sooner than 2016.

Source: Symbian Developers | Image via Nokia

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How are efforts going by Jolla, the company composed of ex-Nokia employees, to build a smartphone based on Sailfish OS, the successor to MeeGo?


Aryeh Goretsky

RIP Meego. Would Nokia be in any better position just now had Microsoft's trojan horse not been planted just as the turn around strategy was executed? It's hard to tell. Wish we had got to find out though. The N9 was a marvellous piece of kit and Meego showed great potential.

I will always praise Nokia for such a great OS (for the times i used to use it). But it makes me sad to see Symbian killed for good by them:(.

As the owner of the N78, N95 and N97, I have to say that the features in these phones were wonderful (my favourite being the FM Transmitter). Many of these features were then introduced to the iPhone 3G etc. as if they were something brand new. SMS replies to call rejections, multitasking, killing apps that were running in the background through the press of a button. I was even surprised by some of the apps available, e.g. Swype. Wonderful memories!

I really liked my N86. It had a nice build quality to it, and Symbian worked really well. Now it seems really outdated, and of course I sold that phone on, but at the time... I thought it was amazing.