Yesterday Nokia canceled the separate Symbian^4 and ^3 operating systems. Instead ,there would be “one constantly evolving” platform. That doesn’t look like a death notice – right? However, Nokia also announced it would be sacking 1800 workers mostly from its Symbian smartphones unit. And how come, the Symbian foundation’s leader suddenly also decided to resign; because of “personal reasons”? And why was Nokia, once again, so keen in emphasizing how well the Qt developed apps will work on both Symbian and MeeGo?
NEWS UPDATE: Symbian Foundation faces closure:
the Symbian Foundation has asked its new CEO to close operations because it has insufficient funding to continue.
Alternative interpretation of these announced changes is that Nokia is closing down its Symbian product line and soon Nokia’s only own smartphone OS would be MeeGo. Regarding that “one constantly evolving” Symbian platform… Yes, Symbian could be still evolving just like the Windows XP is constantly evolving with its (security) updates. Fortunately, investors and developers have no reason to worry, apps done with Qt platform would work wonderfully both on Symbian and MeeGo. Therefore, Nokia’s transition from Symbian phone maker into MeeGo phone maker would be comparable to a painless amputation of an invisible obsolete limb. At last that is the plan. And who knows, below maybe the
late.. last Symbian phones that will ever be announced. All heil the energy efficient Symbians.
Symbian is by far the world’s most popular smartphone OS, but it has been losing ground to Android and iOS. But why exactly would Nokia choose to replace Symbian with MeeGo? Well there are at least two reasons and they both have something to do with Microsoft. Firstly Symbian is like Windows 2000 used to be. Windows 2000 was once the best, the greatest and the most stable of all Windows operating systems. Well if it was so great why did Microsoft replace it with XP? Because XP was even better, it had to be. And if Microsoft would have just kept improving windows 2000, some Linux based operating system might have become too attractive alternative to that old, boring, system that was lacking all kinds of tools (a.k.a windows 2000). The another Microsoft related reason for EOLing Symbian is the new CEO who was hired _for_ improving the Nokia’s position in North-America. And if that is his task who would expect Nokia to conquer US markets back with a polished version of that old, boring, system that was lacking all kinds of tools (a.k.a Symbian).
So why would Nokia do this kind of silent End-Of-Life announcement? There are few reasons, most important being the already announced product portfolio that is nearing the production pipeline. And if Nokia would have told yesterday that all future Symbian based phones have been canceled, investors would be today suffering internal bleedings. Besides,it wouldn’t be very vise to be telling customers, they would be buying the last remaining Symbian phones ever. Hearing that “sales argument” would persuade many into taking a closer look at the competitor’s models. No, if Nokia would really leave Symbian, it would much rather do like all the other ex-Symbian phone manufacturers did. That is, just to refrain from announcing new Symbian models and a year later a random hardware engineer could visit a local bar telling local reporters that the company has no intention to release any more Symbian phones. End of story.
Ok, lets look this from the Nokia’s perspective… if Nokia really wanted to quit Symbian. How would it do it?
- First announce the development of new Symbian OS version being canceled … check
- Start cutting personnel from the Symbian smartphone unit; as there would not be many new Symbian Phones to design… check
- Announce continuity and continued usability of developer’s code using Qt… check
And as a cherry on top, as the active development of Symbian would end, the leader of Symbian foundation might as well resign… because of personal reasons.
One interesting thing is that, as the Symbian programming skills could soon become obsolete, Nokia should be planning to recruit lots of (Linux,Flash,C++) programmers and hardware engineers for the coming MeeGo phones… Symbian is dead, all heil MeeGo… maybe