Sony Ericsson has announced that it has no plans to develop further Symbian smartphones.
Sony Ericsson spokesperson Aldo Liguori, told BusinessWeek: “We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system.”
The decision will no doubt come as a blow to Nokia’s ambitions to recapture some desperately needed mindshare for its Symbian platform as it continues to lose ground to rivals BlackBerry, Apple and Google.
Sony Ericsson has long been a member of the Symbian foundation, but has had its own struggles in keeping up with the iPhone.
With the rise of Google’s Android operating system it saw no choice but to divert it resources to developing Android handsets to avoid being left behind by the likes of HTC, Samsung and Motorola.
Nokia recently announced a trio of smartphones, the E7, C6 and C7 at the Nokia World expo running its new Symbian^3 operating system. However, the announcements were somewhat undermined by the resignations of top-level executives, leaving a question mark over the company’s internal stability.
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