Nokia to End Symbian Smartphone Shipments

Marking the official end of an era in smartphones, Nokia will reported stop shipping Symbian smartphones in the coming months.

Although the Finnish smartphone maker confirmed last January that PureView 808 would be the last Symbian smartphone the company would produce, this is the first we’re hearing of the total cessation of Symbian smartphone shipments by Nokia.

Moving forward, Nokia is expected to concentrate exclusively on its Windows Phone line-up.

The Financial Times is reporting that Nokia will formally exit the Symbian space this summer.

Kantar Worldpanel estimates that Symbian held a European market share of about 1.8 per cent in the three months to April, down from 8 per cent in the year before. It still accounts for about 2 per cent of the vast Chinese market.

“Nokia was once an undisputed leader in the mobile space, but it failed to keep pace with the changing times,” says tech journalist Surbhi Chawla of NDTV Gadgets. “It failed to offer compelling products and Apple and Google soon took over the lead. In a bid to make a comeback, the company decided to partner with Microsoft to build smartphones on Windows Phone platform.”