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Nokia to stop shipping Symbian handsets this summer

News   •   Jun 18, 2013 04:36 BST

In the past, Nokia announced that it would be giving Symbian the boot to make way for Microsoft’s Windows Phone. This would allow the Finnish firm to concentrate more on handsets like the Lumia 925 (click here for more information on the Nokia Lumia 925).

The report comes to us courtesy of the Financial Times (click here to see site). According to FT, “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.

Nokia told FT, “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.”

The site 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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