Nokia to hold Symbian event - April 12

For a while now, speculation around the fate of Symbian has kept everyone wondering what move they will take next. It would appear that Nokia is planning a conference in London on April 12 to talk about the future of Symbian and, ultimately, its fate.

The invite for the conference was sent to Mad For Tech, who it seems mistakenly received an early invite. Engadget later confirmed that the conference was a go ahead by giving Nokia a call and finding out directly.

It will be interesting to see what Nokia announce for Symbian, but the likelihood is that it will be a simple update before they start to phase the operating system out completely. This, to current Symbian users, means they can continue using their phone, without being pushed to buy a completely new phone – yet.

Although unfortunately, Neowin won’t be at the conference we will be keeping you updated with what is announced and ultimately the stance that Nokia has on Symbian. How long do they believe they can stretch its dying life span out for? Such questions are likely to be answered at the event. 

Nokia have said that they plan to release 40 new devices in 2011, 12 of which are smartphones. The company has in more recent years seen hard competition from the iPhone and Blackberry and were said to have lost market share in India, a claim which Nokia disagrees with.

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"It will be interesting to see what Nokia announce for Symbian, but the likelihood is that it will be a simple update before they start to phase the operating system out completely. "

They aren't killing Symbian. Wp mango will be the prefered os in some markets .

Symbian's somewhat like the gramaphone, people have an attachment to it, however it's impractical, clunky, and doesn't work with what everyone else is using in in 2011.

GeekTwo said,
Symbian's somewhat like the gramaphone, people have an attachment to it, however it's impractical, clunky, and doesn't work with what everyone else is using in in 2011.

Ok then. please tell me what an Android phone can do that a Symbian phone cannot ?

At least Nokia admitted that Symbian was behind in the UI area, but instead of whining about it they decided to do something about it. Updates will be coming out (PR 2 soon and PR 3 after summer) with a new UI and even a drop down on the top like android. If it had been Apple in the same situation they would never have admitted anything, but simply told people it was a feature.

Kosh Naranek said,

Ok then. please tell me what an Android phone can do that a Symbian phone cannot ?

IMO the problems were with performance. I've had an N80 and E90, both running variants of S60v3, and while they had both had Wifi, infra-red, bluetooth, cameras, and a web browser, the OS was kinda slow, not to mention the browser sometimes crashing, or the whole phone crashing with some apps.

Edit: That's another thing, the selection of Apps was quite limited IMO, but that was less of a problem for me.

Renato456 said,
I think they better switch fully to Windows Phone 7. Symbian does not have a future.

They aren't switching to fully to windows phone 7. Mango is likely to be used and even then you still will be able to buy high end symbian devices ..

symbian isn't dead.

bankajac said,
It's going open source, right?

it is already, that is why symbian foundation was initally set up for, then consumed back into nokia with foundation looking after licensing.

Nokia outsourced the QT licensing too .. which makes sense for nokia.

nokia symbolizes the old world of cellphones to me...when i think nokia i think of playing snake on a black and white screen

Co_Co said,
nokia symbolizes the old world of cellphones to me...when i think nokia i think of playing snake on a black and white screen

I agree, they let themselves fall so far behind with Symbian and S60 that they just couldn't catch up. I wouldn't be surprised if the announcement was that they are no longer working on it...