Samsung shuts out Symbian
No more Mr Dithering guy
Samsung is pulling its support for Symbian developers and content ahead of the Windows Phone 7 launch, leaving Nokia even more isolated in supporting the world's most popular smartphone OS.
A mail sent out to developers schedules the development lab to close at the end of October, while the the Forum lasts until December 30. Anyone hoping to get a Symbian application signed for the Samsung Apps store will need to ensure it completes the process before the end of the year - though developers might decide not to bother.
Samsung has always been the most promiscuous of manufacturers, happy to partner with any OS that came along and never burning any bridges. Much of that comes from the company's history as an OEM, providing whatever service the customer desired - the customer usually being a network operator cruising Seoul for some handset action.
When Samsung launched its developer programme it admitted this was just to avoid its customers having to get support from Nokia for Symbian development. It's hard to imagine there are many developers still interested in Symbian who won't be targeting Nokia handsets.
Samsung's plan has long been to rival Nokia, but it can't do that while pandering to every desperate OS out there, especially when the company's own Bada OS is supposed to be spreading smartphone capabilities into feature phone handsets, the space where Nokia has pegged its own Symbian handsets. Thus the developer support for Symbian disappears.
Samsung has not said it won't make new Symbian handsets - OEM'ing is in its blood. If someone comes along with a fat cheque book then all bets are off. But the company won't support developers creating applications for a platform that it now considers to belong to the competition. ®
"The simple answer is to jetoson (sic) everythin(sic) else and spread Android love across the range"?
I'm sure there's a wise saying about not putting all your basques in one exit, or something.
Nokia delivers about 260000 handsets a day. On the low range it is Symbian and I cannot see anything wrong with that. Besides Symbian has been more or less completely run bye Nokia.
What else Nokia has to day is Qt and Meego (together with Intel).
I do not find it surprising that Nokia does not jump on the Android wagon.
They have all the weapons to do it themselves as they have in the past.
Eriksson jumped on MS as a saviour but gave up, now they are jumping on Android and that all clearly shows the have given up any hope of running the show or at least pretending they are still
something to count on.
Nokia 1.2M units per day in 1Q10
smart-phones per day
93k iPhone OS