Nokia has no plans to drop support for Symbian phones, despite inking an historic deal to manufacture Windows Phone 7 handsets.
Purnima Kochikar, Vice President of Forum Nokia and Developer Community, disclosed the phone maker’s strategy in an open letter to Symbian devs.
In a bid to reassure them amid a repurposing of the company’s resources, she stated that although “Windows Phone will become our primary smartphone platform”, Nokia will “continue to deliver a great deal of value from Symbian”.
Kochikar added: “We’re making investments that will help us to engage and attract existing and new Symbian users and allow us to launch new competitive smartphones.
"Over the past weeks we have been evaluating our Symbian roadmap and now feel confident we will have a strong portfolio of new products during our transition period – i.e. 2011 and 2012.
"These devices will take advantage of the strong integration of devices and services as well as our strength in areas such as imaging and location-based services. They will also include improvements in hardware performance such as GHz+ processing capabilities and faster graphics speeds.”
The letter also revealed Nokia is prepping a significant update for Symbian handsets due this summer. The revamped OS will feature a new home screen, new icons, a faster browser and new Navbar. Also incoming are retooled versions of Ovi Store and Ovi Maps, including integration of social media services in Ovi Maps.