Nokia is all set to pull the plug on its Symbian smartphones. The
Finnish smartphone maker had announced in January 2013 that PureView 808
was the last Symbian smartphone to be manufactured by the company. Even
at that time it was evident that the company will eventually stop
shipping Symbian smartphones and concentrate completely on its Windows
Phone line-up. Now, it is official.
A news report by The Financial
Times states that Nokia will be dispatching the final shipments of its
Symbian smartphones this summer. The report also claims that Nokia
managed to sell only 5,00,000 Symbian units during the first quarter of
2013. However, in the same period the company managed to ship over 5.6
million Lumia smartphones based on the Windows Phone operated system.
was once an undisputed leader in the mobile space, but it failed to
keep pace with the changing times. It failed to offer compelling
products and Apple and Google soon took over the lead. In a bid to make
a comeback, the company decided to partner with Microsoft to build
smartphones on Windows Phone platform.
The company had launched
PureView 808 in February 2012. This smartphone was known for its
monstrous 41-megapixel camera sensor. The other popular smartphones
based on Symbian platform are Nokia 9210 communicator, the Nokia E61 and
E71 in the QWERTY E-Series and the Nokia N95 and N8.
Indian mobile space, Nokia is also offering entry-level devices under
the Asha series. The company has recently unveiled Asha 501, which the
first phone under a revamped Asha platform. The company had indicated
that this phone will start shipping from June 2013. However, in this
space too the company is facing tough competition from local brands and
is hoping to capture lost ground through its Asha range.