Samsung is closing its lab for Symbian developers, in the latest blow for the platform’s beleaguered proprietor Nokia.
The South Korean phone maker’s decision was revealed in an email sent out to developers, which discloses that it will officially shut the lab at the end of October.
The Symbian devs’ forum, however, is apparently to remain in action until December 30th.
Samsung will now focus its attention on devices running competing operating systems, such as its own Bada platform, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.
Symbian, a new version of which appears on the just launched Nokia N8, has suffered in recent years by a perception that it is old fashioned and less user friendly than rivals.
Earlier this month, Sony Ericsson, which has latterly enjoyed huge sales success with the Android powered Xperia X10 family of mobiles, confirmed it will no longer be making phones running Symbian.