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Nokia's 808 PureView Officially the End of the Symbian Line 102

Posted by timothy
from the please-turn-out-the-lights dept.
Snirt writes "Symbian is now officially dead, Nokia confirmed today. In the company's earnings announcement that came out a little while ago, Nokia confirmed that the 808 PureView, released last year, was the very last device that the company would make on the Symbian platform: 'During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,' the company wrote. '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.'"
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Nokia's 808 PureView Officially the End of the Symbian Line

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  • by johanw (1001493) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @03:50PM (#42683689)
    Symbian phones were very feature complete (much more so than Android and iOS, my E72 has functionality that even now isn't standard on those) and I don't like to see it go. I still use a Nokia E72 as my primary phone and plan to do so for some more years, I even bought a spare used E72 in case something happens to it. Now that rooting Symbian is easy I even get functionality that was Android specific for some time, like adblocking with a hostsfile. And of course a week of battary use, get that from any current device.
  • by cshark (673578) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @04:00PM (#42683795)

    Both systems are expensive, clunky, profit losing failures. I wish Nokia would go with Android. Their hardware isn't bad.

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @04:07PM (#42683857) Homepage

    I'm betting you'd only get the core OS, but most of the stuff related to actual telephony would be patented/proprietary.

    I'd be surprised if you could fully operate your phone with the open source bits -- but admittedly, that's mostly just a guess.

  • by Kjella (173770) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @05:49PM (#42684867) Homepage

    People like you don't seem to get it. Symbian HAS failed. If it hadn't it would be here today.

    That's like saying a man's heart failed - because it had a knife stabbed through it. It's dead but not by natural causes and the CEO holding the knife is Elop.

  • by mister2au (1707664) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @07:22PM (#42685747)

    Take the n900, make it thiner and lighter, with longer battery life, a faster processor, and a better screen.

    Gee ... is that all ... faster and better screen but also better battery life ... and the battery can't be bigger because it has to be thinner and lighter ???

    Upgrade the camera too but keep the nice keyboard.

    While still making it thinner and lighter?

    How about they offer that phone with a choice of Windows or Maemo?

    Ok now I think the whole post was just sarcasm ???

    You are suggesting a struggling company piles on the R&D to get a more feature packed phone with better battery life while staying smaller and supporting 2 different operating systems ... Sounds reasonable

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