Symbian is a proprietary software for mobile platforms which were majorly used by Samsung , Sony Ericsson and mostly by Nokia.
The Symbian OS came to the limelight when it launched it’s OS with the Nokia’s S60 platform in 2002 .The other models like N8 , N80 models were giving Nokia a huge market share through these phones. And for the date those were the smartest and handiest phones till Android came into the limelight .
The Symbian phones manufactured by Nokia were commonly available at 23,000 INR- 37,000 INR for the high end models. But the Android phones were available at cheap rates than Nokia phones so many users switched to Android due the cost factor . Because of the economic and market conditions at that time Android took the Empire position in the world . Not talking about the iOS because iOS was not much responsible for the demise of the Symbian OS. Mainly Android and secondly , also when Windows phone OS was used by Nokia , it slowed down Symbian phones manufacturing.
What happened to the new Symbian Foundation ? ?
Symbian Foundation Says –
In 2009, we established the Symbian Foundation to make the Symbian platform available open source and royalty-free. In November 2010 we announced that the foundation would ramp down its operational activities as a result of changes in global economic and market conditions.
We have now completed the transition from a non-profit organisation responsible for governing the open development and curation of the Symbian platform, to a licensing entity with no permanent staff. Moving forward, the foundation is responsible only for specific licensing and legal frameworks put in place during the open sourcing of the platform. The Symbian platform will continue to evolve under Nokia, who have started to make the future development of the platform available via an alternative direct and open model.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who contributed to the major milestones achieved at the Symbian Foundation. We can all be proud of these accomplishments – some not seen before in the history of computing, such as the completion of the largest transition to open source of any commercial codebase in software history. We would also like to extend warm thanks to the entire member community for their continued commitment to the Symbian platform.
We are confident that these are absolutely the right changes in the context of today’s market and economy, and we look forward to watching a new era of success for the Symbian platform unfold.
What was the last Symbian OS powered phone ? Can it Evolve now again if it get’s another chance by the new Developers ? ?
The Nokia 808 PureView was officially the last phone powered by Symbian OS which also could not give much of a surprise to the new market of smartphones. Well , Symbian Ltd has been closed so there is no chance for a
comeback . Symbian OS walks off officially , Colly Myers the Founder of Symbian Ltd left the company in 2002 to found IssueBits and the second CEO left in 2005 to head United Business Limited PLC . As there is no development support from any company to Symbian OS So, Symbian remains a history but with good achievements in the Past .