Nokia Stops Production of Symbian Devices

It’s the end of an era at Nokia. On Thursday, as the company released its earnings, a subtle but significant revelation came with the news today. Nokia is finished with Symbian.

Nokia confirmed that the 2012 release of the 808 PureView was the last stand for Symbian from Nokia.

“During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company announced. “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.”

Nokia says the number of Symbian handsets sold in Q4 was 2.2 million units, which is less than 14% of the overall volume of smartphones (according to TechCrunch).

Symbian’s decline was blamed for the huge crash in sales that Nokia saw in Greater China. There the company’s net sales were down by 69% (a mirror of Apple’s 67% increase reported yesterday). “On a year-on-year basis, the decrease in Greater China net sales was primarily due to our Smart Devices business unit, most notably lower net sales of our Symbian devices,” Nokia said.

To read the full earnings report from Nokia today, click here.