Nokia 'reabsorbs' Symbian

It’s been just 18 months since Nokia first set the Symbian foundation free under a non-profit banner, and now it looks like Symbian is coming home. The move won’t surprise many, especially with the recent rumours of the Symbian Foundation falling into financial trouble. Couple that with a rapidly shrinking market share and it becomes obvious to anyone that the foundation needs some redirection.

Symbian was once the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, and is currently the world’s most used feature phone operating system. Until recently, it counted Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson as contributing partners, along with a range of other technology firms and telecommunications operators.

According to the BBC, the reintegration of Symbian into Nokia will result in the Symbian Foundation becoming a ‘licensing body'. However, one has to wonder to whom they’ll be licensing Symbian as more and more firms move towards more popular competing operating systems. By April 2011, the Symbian foundation is expected to be practically dismantled and to have no paid employees. As for the operating system itself, Nokia will oversee the international contributions made to Symbian in a way that they hope will get Symbian back on track.

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I really want Nokia to succeed because competition is healthy for everyone ultimately. Whether they should continue with their Symbian vs Maemo/MeeGo line of approach remains to be seen. I think Nokia's biggest problem is the simple fact that they have so many styles/variants, it's not easy to differentiate between them any more. It's like all the different styles compete against each other rather than against the competition. The Symbian OS is solid and has always been coupled to good performing hardware. My N95_8GB was workhorse that never failed me, was fantastic for synchronisation with PC and Outlook etc and the camera was excellent (for a phone). However the Symbian interface has become stale, outdated and outmoded. The N8 would have been a very competent replacement but for me, the UI in Symbian v3 hasn't moved on very much, the touch implementation is simply at the limit of its capability and doesn't inspire me like my shiny new HD7. I'm using all areas of my HD7 where I'd only use a small feature set of my N95, I'm much more productive.

causa45 said,
Symbian should stay for phones without touchscreen and cheaper ones. It doesn't mean it's bad.

exactly...it's a great OS for cheap smartphones. I bought a Noika 5320XM 2 years ago just for $150 and it's really working fine still. Multitasking, speedy and it has many good apps (at least for $150, it's more then expectation)

I don't see why everybody here seems to hate symbian. It is a good OS for feature phones. And it won't die anytime soon (like it or not, it is still the most selled OS, eventough it's margins are lower).

epk said,
Why let it die? If it's outdated, why not make a new version?

Sorta like Java; They rebuild from the same core with the same problems so its really unfixable.

aftas said,

Sorta like Java; They rebuild from the same core with the same problems so its really unfixable.

Whats wrong with Java? I've used it for a long time and I love it.

aftas said,

Memory management comes to mind.

This is one of the areas that was completely overhauled in Symbian^3. Memory management is not a problem. No more 'Low Memory' errors. You can run up to 40 applications on a Nokia N8 without any trouble. When it runs out of memory, it simply closes the application that was seeing the least use.

I loved Symbian but since I moved to Android, just looking at it makes me feel old. It's a dying OS and Nokia seriously should move to Android or alike.

jbrooksuk said,
I loved Symbian but since I moved to Android, just looking at it makes me feel old. It's a dying OS and Nokia seriously should move to Android or alike.

+1

jbrooksuk said,
I loved Symbian but since I moved to Android, just looking at it makes me feel old. It's a dying OS and Nokia seriously should move to Android or alike.

Its like comparing Windows 3.1 to Windows XP. Symbian is an old architecture with updated addons right now. They should expend a ton in making a whole new version that actually gets up to date or just switch to Android/WP7

jbrooksuk said,
I loved Symbian but since I moved to Android, just looking at it makes me feel old. It's a dying OS and Nokia seriously should move to Android or alike.

(I hate copy/pasting on comments )

They are forgetting Symbian and going to MeeGo for their high end phones.
Why should they go to Android?