Nokia will finally stop shipping Symbian-powered handsets this summer. This comes two and a half years after the Finnish handset maker and Microsoft announced an alliance where the Windows Phone operating system would power Nokia handsets. Nokia has been pushing their Windows-running Lumia phones but Symbian continues to be popular in emerging markets. Shipments of Windows Phones only surpassed shipments of Symbian phones in the fourth quarter of last year.
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- The Nokia 808 PureView, which touted an eye-popping 41-megapixel camera, was unveiled in February 2012, was the last high-profile launch of a Symbian phone.
- Nokia will still support Symbian devices until 2016.
- Nokia won't be solely relying on the Microsoft platform as it still has its low to mid-end Asha line, which uses the Nokia S40 operating system.
- Nokia is now the world's leading supplier of Windows Phone devices, owning approximately 80% of WP sales, but it trails Apple and Samsung in the overall smartphone market.
End of an era, eh? I wonder who will get the *last* Symbian phone out there somewhere.- Jeff Clinton, UnleashThePhones
While the days of Symbian might be winding down, we can’t help but applaud the OS for a good, long run.- Andrew Grush, Mobile Magazine
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