Sony Ericsson is gearing up for a comeback in the mobile world, and
rather than trying to make friends with every software maker in the
market, they're making the necessary decisions to focus their product
lines and hopefully give the consumers exactly what they want. And that
means getting rid of Symbian support. Symbian
is a mobile OS that has
been primarily used by Nokia
for years, but a few other phone companies
installed Symbian on their hardware. But as Nokia's market share has
slipped and they have all but vanished in the U.S. market, Sony Ericsson
probably realized that it was time to move on.
SE has been using Android on select smartphones for some time now, and
by withdrawing from Symbian, it really shows how out of favor the
operating system has fallen. In fact, Nokia is now the only phone maker
left who is actively supporting Symbian, and the N8 and C7 have recently
shipped with the latest version (Symbian^3).
Not everyone has given up on Symbian though. Some analysts are
suggesting that the new version of Symbian could catch on in select
markets, but only if Nokia overhauls it again to better compete with the
advanced software available from Apple
and (shortly) Microsoft
The real question is whether or not Nokia pulls the same plug later on.
Will Nokia finally switch to Android or some other operating system? Or
continue to the lone wolf pushing Symbian? Time will tell.