RIP Symbian.. Or will it ever die ?
In a recent announcement from Nokia, the company claims that Symbian will no longer will be supported, but funny enough is the whole announcement just about a marketing re-branding of the Symbian operating system. The new name, according to Nokia, will be “Nokia Belle“. Initial project names include “Symbian Belle” and it is not clear that “Symbian” now belongs to the history books.
But once-upon-a-time, Symbian was a very promising operating system and platform. There is no doubt that the Symbian Foundation has played an essential role as en early role-model for today’s iOS, Andoird, Windows Mobile and Blackberry operating systems.
Brief history/timeline of Symbian and Symbian foundation:
- 1980: Psion was founded
- 1998: Psion became Symbian
- 2001: First Nokia Symbian phone, Nokia 9210 communicator
- 24-Jun-2008: Nokia acquires Symbian, Symbian Foundation announced [source]
- 21-Oct-2008: Android first release [source]
- 12-Mac-2009: Symbian Platform Release Plan revealed [source]
- 30-Apr-2009: S60.com site closure announced [source]
- 08-Jun-2009: Symbian still trying hard to woo developers [source]
- 09-Aug-2009: Nokia rumoured to ditch Symbian in 2012 [source]
- 11-Nov-2009: Samsung dropping Symbian for Bada [source]
- 04-Feb-2010: Symbian fully open and free source [source]
- 01-Jul-2010: Best Symbian site, Symbian-guru.com ends [source]
- 24-Sep-2010 : Sony Ericsson abandons Symbian [source]
- 19-Oct-2010 : Symbian CEO exits [source]
- 22-Oct-2010: Angry Birds on Symbian [source]
- 08-Nov-2010: Nokia reclaims Symbian [source]
- 17-Dec-2010 : Symbian foundation website closes [source]
- 31-Dec-2010 : Samsung terminates Symbian support [source]
So it is final, Symbian in its old suite is dead, but it looks a little bit like it will be resurrected as Nokia Belle.