Sony seems to have dumped Symbian products as it has no new plans for products with Symbian OS in it. Sony is not the only vendor to join the dump Symbian bandwagon.
“We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system,” Aldo Liguori, a spokesman for the London-based company, said by telephone today. Liguori confirmed remarks made by Chief Technology Officer Jan Uddenfeldt to Swedish technology newspaper Ny Teknik.
The trouble seems to be caused by Google’s Android OS. It seems to be taking over the world!
Symbian is clinging to its perch as the world’s biggest- selling smartphone operating system mainly because of Nokia Oyj, which uses it as its main software on high-end phones. Its market share declined to 41.2 percent in the second quarter from 51 percent a year earlier, according to Gartner Inc. figures. Sony Ericsson uses Symbian on its Vivaz line and also employs Google Inc.’s Android and proprietary systems.
“We have made a significant shift to support Android,” Chief Creation Officer Rikko Sakaguchi said in July, adding that the Vivaz line with Symbian was doing well and contributing to margin improvement.
Nokia, the world’s largest mobile-phone maker, set up the Symbian Foundation in 2008 to share code with other handset makers, including Sony Ericsson and Samsung Electronics Co., and with developers and chipmakers. Samsung has embraced Android in addition to developing its own system called Bada. Motorola Inc. shifted to Android from Symbian several years ago.
Sony Ericsson remains a member of the Symbian Foundation, Liguori said. The use of Android is “not exclusive, but it will certainly continue to be an important platform for us,” he said.