Items tagged with Symbian

Goodbye, Symbian, and thanks for the pie. That's the message Nokia is sending to the once popular mobile operating system as its preps one final shipment of Symbian smartphones this summer before investing its efforts entirely into its relationship with Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. It's a bit of a bittersweet parting. On one hand, Symbian for a long while was the smartphone platform to beat in terms of market share, sitting at top up through late 2010. By then, Android and iOS were well on their way to becoming the mobile platforms to beat, and today the two rival OSes account for... Read more...
Nokia's got a lot of work ahead of it if it plans to regain a chunk of that marketshare it lost to Apple, Samsung and the rest of the Android gang over the past few years, but is this the phone to start that process? With the Lumia 900 already confirmed to be stuck forever as a pre-Windows Phone 8 device, the 808 PureView is something cut from a different cloth. It's a Symbian-based phone, and that's an operating system that's largely dated compared to the other modern options out there. But it does something that no other smartphone does, regardless of cost: shoots 41MP images through Carl Zeiss... Read more...
Analyst predictions are always entertaining, because they make statements about what will happen in the future, which are both impossible to prove without the passage of time (or, we suppose, a time machine) and fun to discuss. IDC’s latest mobile phone market predictions are no exception, as the analyst group drops some future-news that’s sure to raise plenty of dander. First, although IDC predicts that the overall mobile phone market growth will abate quite a bit this year as feature phones continue to vanish and the global economy lags, smartphones will eventually take up the slack;... Read more...
It's a little sad, really. Both Symbian and MeeGo held so much promise, and in the case of the former, there's still significant market share out there using the product. But Nokia has to move on, despite their roots, and some earlier announced plans are finally falling into place. Nokia and Accenture have closed the agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture. Under the agreement, originally announced on June 22, 2011, Accenture will provide Symbian-based software development and support services to Nokia at least until 2016 and also become... Read more...
Who says new technology has to be expensive? Not Nokia! For years, the company has maintained a wild market share dominance by focusing heavily on getting phones to developing markets -- markets where cellphones have yet to really grab hold. When Nokia sneaks in first, entire nations tend to grab on and start using their technology. Now, the company has launched two of their less expensive phones ever. The Nokia 100 and 101 are being aimed at large parts of Africa and Asia, where data rates are usually crazy expensive and being able to own a mobile is tough for many citizens. Nokia claims that... Read more...
According to the latest numbers released by comScore, both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems gained marketshare in Q2 at the expense of rivals RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian. In the report, comScore claims 78.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in June 2011, up 8% from the preceding three month period. Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 40.1% of the market, up 5.4%. Apple improved its marketshare but remained in the No. 2 spot with 26.6% of the smartphone market, up 1.1 % from the prior reporting... Read more...
If it isn't Twitter, it's Facebook, and if it's not Facebook, it's Google+, and if it isn't that, it's probably Foursquare. There's too many social networks to count these days, but the one that has become famous for showcasing where people are at any given time is about to expand to new platforms. Starting now, the 600+ million Symbian S40 owners around the globe can download a "hugely improved" version of Fouraquare, which adds an open API, new features and availability in more nations than ever before. Included in this build: Nokia Maps for Series 40, enhanced Tips, nearby Specials, Explore,... Read more...
Nokia's N9 smartphone may have been the company's flagship introduction this evening, but it's not the only new gear coming out of Nokia's labs. The outfit's first Symbian Anna phones are also shipping out this week, and while Symbian may not be huge in the U.S., it's still a monster elsewhere. The C2-02, Nokia C2-03 and Nokia C2-06 are all launching officially tonight, and all of the lower-end phones ship with new Nokia Maps for Series 40, where local maps and places of interest are pre-installed on the phone. This means users can view maps and plan routes when the phone is in offline mode, thus... Read more...
RadioShack has lost ground to Best Buy, and even Wal-mart and Target, and based on their technical expertise as demonstrated by this ad, it's no wonder why. The ad, which came via an email, says buyers should "Make It an Android." However, the fact is that the Nokia Astound is a Symbian 3 device. At least the HTC Evo 4G and HTC Evo Shift 4G are Android devices. The Evo 4G even recently received an upgrade to Gingerbread.... Read more...
Nokia may not be giving Symbian their full faith and support, but there were obviously a lot of Symbian phones in the pipeline prior to the mega announcement earlier in the year to switch over to Windows Phone 7. Two of those phones are now shipping. Nokia's E6 and X7, described as the first Symbian Anna phones, are now shipping. The X7 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, China, India and other Asia/Pacific countries, while the E6 will be available in Europe, Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, as well as the Middle East and Africa. Naturally, North American isn't listed here. It's obvious that Nokia's focus... Read more...
Symbian's dead. Long live Symbian? It seems to be the case these days, as Nokia's long-lived operating system may not be completely paralyzed just yet. In a very interesting twist and turn of events, newly instated CEO Stephen Elop has come out and proclaimed that Nokia will continue to support Symbian through 2016. When the company first announced that they would be selecting Windows Phone 7 as their go-to mobile OS, many assumed that this meant the end of the line for Symbian. Indeed, hordes of Symbian software engineers were fired in the aftermath, but it seems as if the system may live on in... Read more...
And the bloodshed continues at Nokia. There was no bones made about the need to slash jobs after Nokia decided on Windows Phone 7 for their next mobile OS; the folks working on Symbian were suddenly not needed. But now, a report is making this rumors a lot more tangible, and painful. Reuters is reporting that Nokia will have to cut 7,000 jobs and outsource their Symbian software development (what's left of it, anyway) in order to save $1.46 billion in costs. These awful cuts are said to be needed in order to recover and reclaim market share in the global market, but that doesn't make it any easier... Read more...
If you have a Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iOS, or Android smartphone, your phone even now could be infected with spyware. However, it might be spyware that your significant other or spouse intentionally installed on your phone. The software is ePhoneTracker. Released last week, ePhoneTracker allows users to monitor everything one on an "infected" smartphone, including the following: Every text message sent and received, including the full text ... even if the phone's logs are deleted. All incoming and outgoing call numbers along with duration and time. GPS positions captured at an variable... Read more...
If you read the news, you'll probably think that things are great at Nokia. The company recently decided to stray from Symbian in favor of using Windows Phone 7 on their smartphones, and it's a play that will almost definitely put Nokia back on the map in North America from a smartphone standpoint. But there is always two sides to every story. While people may be excited about Windows Phone 7, that also means that Nokia no longer needs the assets that surround Symbian. And assets means people. The news has been crushing to Finland, Nokia's home. There are hundreds upon hundreds of employees that... Read more...
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