By Chuong Nguyen | June 24, 2010 1:25 AM
Symbian will remain a staple for Nokia as it makes the Symbian OS available on more mass-market devices, which so far has seen the S40 OS while high-end smartphones use the Symbian S60 OS. The move would bring what has been traditionally regarded as high-end smartphone capabilities from the Symbian OS–especially with the modernization of Symbian^3 and Symbian^4–to even more people at an affordable price, especially since unlocked Nokia handsets have been dropping in prices lately.
The move shows that Nokia is aggressive in its smartphone price and agenda. The shift away from Symbian began with the Nokia N900, which operates on Maemo and was released at around the same time with Symbian flagships the N97 and N97 Mini. The N-series will now be reserved for MeeGo, a product of the Intel-Nokia partnership that led to both companies scrapping their respective Moblin and Maemo operating systems.