By Stephen Schenck | February 3, 2012 11:01 AM
We’ve been hearing a lot about Nokia Belle lately, and while the company is very much invested in Windows Phone, it’s been nice to see the level of attention it’s been giving to a platform that is slowly on its way out. At least, from the plans Nokia had shared about its ongoing transition to a Windows Phone manufacturer, there was supposed to be a slow, gradual tapering-off of Symbian resources over the next couple years. A report out this morning claims that Nokia may be in a bigger rush to shutter the platform than anticipated, and this could have a negative impact on hopes for future Belle handsets.
Symbian-based phones are still selling by the truckload; it’s only that the numbers have fallen short of the targets Nokia had publicly disclosed. Today’s rumor claims that as a direct result of this, Nokia has decided to wrap things up with Belle as soon as possible, and that means only releasing a single additional smartphone for the platform.
This new model would supposedly be the successor to the N8; we’ve been hearing a lot about this guy for a while now, from rumors about its camera prowess to a leaked sketch of the Nokia 803, which just might be the N8 heir in question.
While we didn’t have any evidence of other future Symbian models in production, making today’s claim not all that hard to swallow, there were some signs that Nokia had bigger things planned for the future. The planned Donna update was supposed to introduce the first dual-core handsets to the platform; now we may never see that day arrive.
Nothing’s reportedly changed about Nokia’s commitment to Symbian software support, only that the trickle of new hardware could be about to dry up.