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Samsung says Bye-Bye Symbian

by Carolina Milanesi  |  October 1, 2010  |  1 Comment

A message on behalf of Samsung Mobile Innovator

Dear Symbian developers, 

 Samsung Mobile Innovator will discontinue its Symbian support service from December 31st 2010.

This message appeared on the Samsung Mobile Innovator site and makes Samsung’s position on Symbian official. To industry watchers this should not come as a surprise. The last volume driver that Samsung had on Symbian was the innov8 and you need to think quite hard to get to recall that as so much as happened since. Samsung’s opportunistic approach to OS might mean that we will see Symbian support again as and when key customers might require it. For now, it makes absolute sense for Samsung to work with Android, Bada and Windows Phone 7.

On the developer side, Samsung has its work cut out already with Bada where it needs to grow its developer community fast so that Bada based devices become open OS devices in the true sense rather than glorified feature phones.

For Symbian this is another blow after the statement from Sony Ericsson a week or so ago. Does it make sense for Symbian to continue as open source? Should Nokia bring it back in house? It could make sense because at the end of the day it is companies such as RIM and Apple who control their end to end offering that benefit today from higher margins.


Carolina Milanesi
Research VP
10 years at Gartner
11 years IT industry

Carolina Milanesi is a Research VP in Gartner's Mobile Devices team and agenda manager for mobile devices. Ms. Milanesi leads the research for mobile devices worldwide and is responsible for the forecasting and market share effort in this area. Other areas of coverage are mobile…Read Full Bio

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