Nokia boss Stephen boss has confirmed that Symbian’s role in smartphone history is far from over and that the ailing OS will continue to receive updates for at least five more years.
In a candid interview with the Nokia Conversations China edition, Elop was defiant that there is still life left in the struggling operating system and the smartphone giant isn’t about to throw in the towel in its support for the platform anytime soon.
Elop said: “We are in a period where the investment in Symbian absolutely continues.
“Even as we go through a transition to our primary smartphone platform, Windows Phone, you will see that continued investment and I know there have been questions about how long does that continue and we've now been very clear about that - that software updates to Symbian devices are expected until at least 2016.”
Down but not out
The revelation means that Nokia, at least for the foreseeable future, will continue to develop Symbian powered handsets alongside Windows Phone 7.
Symbian still has a strong presence in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia and despite shedding more than half its global market share since the arrival of Android it’s still the most-used platform out there.
The first Windows Phone 7 handset from Nokia is expected to land in autumn. Only time will tell whether the decision to adopt Microsoft’s OS as its ‘primary’ platform instead of pushing out the perpetually delayed Meego was the right one.
The full interview can be seen below:
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