That’s it pansit for Symbian. The company has confirmed through their earnings announcement that the 808 PureView was the last of its kind, and it will concentrate on the Windows Phone ecosystem moving forward (with a smattering of Series 40 for Asha devices). “During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company wrote. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”
It only makes sense, really. If you dive into Nokia’s earnings for Q4, Nokia only managed to sell 2.2 million Symbian smartphones in Smart Devices, compared to 4.4 million Lumia smartphones in Smart Devices sold. Unsurprisingly, Nokia’s biggest seller is their Asha full touch smartphones, with the company managing to move 9.3 million devices worldwide.
As far as the local market is concerned, we’ve confirmed that Nokia Philippines will continue to sell and support Symbian devices for the time being. The company will probably finish off whatever stocks they have of Symbian devices here before ceasing to sell them.
Symbian first came to the scene in 1998, as a collaboration of sorts between different technology firms, notably Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Psion. While the collaboration didn’t really pan out, the operating system borne from that managed to top sales charts until iOS and Android came to the scene.