The Symbian OS has been in the mainstream usage since 1998 when the joint venture between Psion (the original developers of the OS) and Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola started coming out with their latest smartphones using the Symbian OS. A decade later Nokia took over completely as Symbian gave some of the most popular smartphones known to the world in early to mid 200os.
However, as Apple came out with the iOS powered iPhone (and other iOS devices) followed by Google with their Android OS, the Symbian OS simply couldn’t match their features and sales started faltering. And so in their latest earnings call Nokia has confirmed that the PureView 808 launched last year was the last Symbian powered smartphone they will release.
“During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,”Nokia wrote in their earnings call. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”
In Q4 2012 alone Symbian devices sold just 2.2 million units while the Windows Phone powered Lumia handsets sold double that at 4.4 million. While Nokia will continue to sell their low-end smartphones using the S40 OS on their Asha series of handsets, it seems that the PureView 808 was the swan song for Symbian OS.