By Stephen Schenck | January 24, 2013 12:55 PM
Back before Nokia’s 808 PureView launched with its utterly fantastic imaging capabilities, before we even knew its final name, we had heard rumors that the handset would be the last in a long line of Symbian smartphones. Nokia had already made it clear that Windows Phone was the future, but rather than slamming the door on Symbian outright, it planned for a more gradual shift in focus over to Microsoft’s platform. Since then, we’ve seen the company continue to release software updates for Symbian devices, helping to reassure long-term fans of the OS that they wouldn’t be forgotten, but since the 808 arrived, news has been quiet on the prospect of brand-new Symbian models. Sure enough, buried in the quarterly report we just told you about, Nokia may have confirmed that it’s done developing new Symbian hardware.
We say “may have” because Nokia’s wording is less than crystal-clear. The company writes, “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.”
Since we were already thinking about the 808 being the final Symbian handset, our first instinct was to read that as confirmation that Nokia won’t be releasing any new Symbian models. Taking a moment to think on it, however, we can see how the phrasing could simply mean “the 808 was the most recently-released Symbian device from Nokia.”
If we had to bet on it, the former interpretation seems just a tad more plausible, but considering how Nokia still struggles to get the Lumia sales it would like to, it may be too soon to close the book on Symbian entirely.