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Nokia to no longer ship Symbian phones this summer

News   •   Jun 19, 2013 06:13 BST

We all knew Nokia was planning to totally stop shipping Symbian-powered handsets, but didn’t really know when this would take effect. This time, we know the Finnish firm will no longer ship handsets powered by their age-old operating system this summer. This would allow them to focus more on making handsets powered by Windows Phone 8 such as the Lumia 925 (check out this smartphone here).

The Financial Times (check out original story here) reports, “Nokia will finally stop shipments of its once-mighty Symbian smartphones this summer and throw its future wholly behind Microsoft’s Windows platform.

“The Finnish group will bring to an end deliveries of its last homegrown smartphone platform, which had looked unassailable as the world’s leading operating system before the launch of Apple’s iPhone.

“The subsequent failure by Nokia to keep pace with innovations from Apple, and then match the rise of Google’s Android, caused a sharp decline in sales of devices using Symbian even as the overall smartphone market grew rapidly. This forced Nokia into a drastic leap from the self-proclaimed “burning platform” on to Microsoft’s rival software.

“The final shipment means the Finnish group’s fortunes in the smartphone market now rest entirely on Microsoft’s fledgling Windows Mobile software.”

Speaking to the site, Nokia said, “It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general.”

FT adds, “Nokia is not expected to announce it has stopped shipments, in part because there will still be stocks of the devices that need be sold in parts of the world. It will still make cheaper phones that use its own proprietary operating system.”

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