There was a time when Symbian ruled the world of smartphones. In those days, if you wanted a smartphone, a Nokia phone powered by the operating system Symbian was probably your best choice out there. As iOS and Android rose in fame, Symbian hit its crowning in 2010 with 111 million smartphones sold worldwide powered by the OS, and from there the downward helix was fast. After that Symbian declined very quickly, and it only took Nokia to move its focus fully on Windows phone until February of 2011, which they don’t knew would eventually become the downfall of a once great company. Well the Symbian Signed team just this week airmailed on Twitter that official provision of Symbian, and its half-cousin Meego, have been officially ended. That means the essential support of the smartphone industry just built 4 years ago is now completely dead, and it splatters an interesting image of things going forward.
Symbian had a lot of things going to happen in its sake, and its successor Meego, had a lot more. Intel once was on with Nokia to make Meego, and when that went down the trench they jumped ship that other budding start up OS, Tizen. Symbian though was abandoned before, it was ever considerably changed. After hardware rushing and pretty evolutions, screens became popular with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Nokia tried to develop their OS too. With the unveiling of the Nokia N96, Symbian received an update which included unexpected, cool and new animations; however Symbian was seized back by a complete lack of hardware acceleration, resulting in irregular animations which were generally unpleasant to the eye.
Nokia brought changes necessary for the market. Nokia has more than 7,000 patents that shield mobile technology in general. In their recent procurement of Nokia, Microsoft had to jump over some serious obstacles to purchase Nokia’s smart hardware division, including all their patents. These patents were going to be very useful in future patent wars between Microsoft, Google and Apple.
There are also rumours of dropping the Nokia name completely, as Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who has single-handedly been the collapse of the entire company, continues in his dream to eliminate the world of everything named Nokia. In a world where Android and iOS rule the whole world, unfortunately we will never see a beautiful future with Nokia, and while Tizen is just about the only chance left out there that may gain the success at all, it has constantly been inundated with delays and problems, leading many to wonder if it’ll ever be released. The cancellation of durable official support of Symbian and Meego has welcomed the final demise of Nokia’s smartphone division, and the end of an era of a once great worldwide company.