Declared through an earnings announcement [PDF] the PureView which was released back in 2012 was the last device that was powered by Symbian. “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”, read one of the statements in the interim report.
The rumours about Symbian’s death started circling as early as February last year and the latest report just nailed the coffin. 1998 was the year when Symbian was conceived by a group of vendors comprising of Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson and Psion. The multi-vendor effort didn’t go as planned though and Nokia was the only vendor which started pushing out phones based on Symbian.
Nokia overtook the reins of Symbian in 2008 but iOS based iPhone and Android based smartphones started cornering Nokia from all sides. Symbian didn’t quite scale up to the competition of the versatility of iOS and Android and Nokia’s kingdom started crumbling. With only 2.8 per cent share in the last quarter, Symbian is no more a household name and the latest low cost phones from Nokia – the Asha series, hasn’t really upped the game for the Lumia maker.
Nokia has also highlighted some of the reasons why Symbian didn’t receive as much attention, finance and efforts. Some of these include decline in sales of Nokia handsets in China; decline in marketing costs for Symbian based devices because of decrease in focus on these devices; and the lower gross margins from Symbian based devices that led to an overall decline in Nokia’s gross margins.