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 9 out of every 10 smartphones sold. The 808 Pureview will go down in history as Nokia's last Symbian... 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 optics. If photos are your primary concern with a phone, it may be worth the $700 price tag. If so,... 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; and the three big cheeses that stand alone (well, together) will be Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.... 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 the preferred supplier for Nokia in its transition to Windows Phone. Following the close, approximately... 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 the main reason behind the launch of the 100 and 101 is that for the "‘next billion’ mobile... 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 period. RIM ranked third and remained close behind Apple with 23.4%, but it lost 3.7% of its... 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, and it works on even more devices. But that's not all. Foursquare will soon be coming to Nokia's... 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 saving on the costs of downloading maps over the mobile network. While low-end, they each have web... 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 in the U.S. and Canada will be WP7, but other international markets are in a very different place.... 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 some way. Of course, it's very likely that Symbian's roadmap extended to 2016 long before the decision... 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 for Nokia employees to swallow. The move will mean that 4,000 staff will be let go, and another... 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 rate, including a link to a map. All contacts in the phone's Contacts list. All websites visited... 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 worked on Symbian day-in, and day-out. But now, they may be out of a job. And they know it. Reports... Read more...
Wow. What a huge, huge bombshell in the mobile world. We honestly can't think of anything more astounding than this since the launch of the original iPhone, and it has the potential to completely change the competitive landscape as we know it. Currently, iOS and Android run the smartphone show. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is lagging around in the background, but it's hardly considered a very serious contender when it comes to market share. Nokia, meanwhile, has lost almost all of their momentum in the smartphone space, particularly in North America. So, what are the two lagging companies to do? Join forces and take on the big boys! Announced today in London, Nokia plans to team with Microsoft... Read more...
Most of the Nokia news lately has surrounded rumors that big changes are coming at the top, but there's a nice break from that today: the company has just started to ship their E7 smartphone, which is actually one of the most nicely designed Nokia smartphones in recent memory. It provides a really nice slide-out keyboard, a massive 4" ClearBlack display, a PDF reader, an HDMI port, 16GB of onboard flash memory and USB On The Go -- a feature that enables easy file sharing by connecting a USB stick to the smartphone. For business users, Nokia E7 provides direct, secure and real-time access to email, calendar, contacts, tasks and the corporate directory through Microsoft Exchange servers, as well... Read more...
In the final quarter of 2010, Google's Android operating system finally overtook Nokia's Symbian platform as the most popular smartphone platform. Previously, Nokia had reigned supreme since the birth of the industry 10 years ago. Phone makers sold 32.9 million Android-powered smartphones last quarter according to research firm Canalys. This number represents significant growth for Android—in fact, the figure is nearly seven times greater than the number of Android handsets sold a year ago. According to Canalys, the overall smartphone market grew 89 percent from a year ago; a total of 101.2 million smartphones were sold in the final quarter of 2010. Although Nokia's Symbian platform sold... Read more...
Here's a little confirmation to what's really going on between Symbian and Nokia. For years now, Nokia has largely been the only phone maker to even use the Symbian phone operating system platform. Sony Ericsson had a few phones use Symbian years back, but lately, it's been Nokia keeping them afloat. As fewer and fewer phone companies decided to use Symbian on their phones, people began to wonder what would become of the organization. If no phone companies use the OS... Now, Nokia has come forward (as well as Symbian) and clarified a few things. Things will definitely be changing going forward, but given the current scenario, it's probably for the best. Basically, the Symbian Foundation is stepping... Read more...
Things are going from bad to worse in Nokia's Grand Scheme for World Dominence (ehem) Return to Relevance. This week, the head of the Symbian Foundation threw in the towel, leaving the non-profit organization responsible for the operating system's development. This follows news that Sony Ericsson has bailed on Symbian, leaving Nokia to go it alone. On top of that, two weeks ago Ari Jaaksi, the head of Nokia's other hopeful open source project, the Meego operating system, left. He quickly bobbed up working for HP. At one point, Symbian was backed by the likes of Motorola, Samsung and Fujitsu, but Motorola and Samsung have both turned tail, concentrating on the faster-moving, more advanced Android.... Read more...
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,... Read more...
Even though smartphones still make up less than a quarter of the total U.S. mobile market, as of August, they officially used more applications and browsed more mobile content than their-not-so-bright competitors. Plus, smartphones are becoming popular with the girls. So says the latest quarterly report from comScore, which tracked 75.6 million mobile subscribers. Smartphones have always used a higher per capita share of mobile content. After all, applications and Web browsing are two of the main reasons people shell out big bucks for fancy phones. But this is the first quarter that smartphones gobbled up the largest percentage of mobile content out there, period. In the the three-month period... Read more...
To say that the writing hasn't really been on the wall means that you really haven't been paying attention to Nokia. Though the company still holds on to the "biggest in terms of global market share" award, Nokia has recently come under fire for not producing adequate rivals to the iPhone and a host of Android phones that currently lead the market in terms of smartphone allure. Best on a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is currently searching for a new CEO. That's right. A search for a new chief executive has been launched, but of course the company isn't responding to the rumors. But it's no surprise, really. The company's current CEO has made no apparent attempts to catch up with... Read more...
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