Is Symbian going to disappear into the bowels of mediocrity. (Poll)

| July 13, 2010 | Reply

Having read YET another article, this time by Gartner predicting the demise of Symbian (Same people that predicted Windows Mobile 6’s dominance over Symbian in the 00’s) and comparing it to the Titanic of all things,


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I thought I’d put up a poll to ask where YOU felt Symbian is heading and where it will be in the coming years.

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  • Niraj

    Lol I’m first to vote.. 😉
    Symbian will not dead until Nokia stops supporting it, so I voted second option.. But in my opinion Nokia should drop the price of most of symbian^1 devices such as 5530, X6, N97 and N97mini etc to make them competitive and try to replace these handsets via symbian^3/^4 devices as soon as possibe otherwise Nokia and Symbian will continue to loose more and more market share..

  • Ol’Grandpa

    Hi, I sdont want to sound like a nitpicker but could you provide us with the source of your claim? That those are “Same people that predicted Windows Mobile 6â€ēs dominance over Symbian in the 00â€ēs”?
    I am not trying to corner you, it is just that I can better counter argument too. 🙂

    • Andre

      It’s not a hard source as in a press release, at least not that I can locate but it was stated at CTIA 2006 by a panel of analysts which made the sweeping generalization.
      They said that mainly due to the feel that smartphones were for enterprise and felt winmo was better than symbian at that.

  • Keith

    Nokia said that symbian will be for low and mid end snartphones and that’s exactly what’s gonna happen. With meego, they will take over the high end smartphone market and with symbian, they will keep ruling the low and mid end market. It’s a good move by Nokia. And because symbian is so familiar and accepted by most people in Europe and Asia, it’s far from being dead. On the other side, meego will be approaching the high end market in north America and the rest of the world and might just pull it off. I can see Nokia reigning the market completely 5 years from now. But only I they do it right with meego

  • Aaron

    Symbian is really starting to annoy me when even Blackberry is updating their OS to look more modern. Nokia just doesn’t seem to get that people want to look at shinny, round icons on their screen. Sure, it’s shallow…but that’s what sells.

    Now that Maemo 5 is dead, I really think they should milk its aesthetic for all its worth. Not that I’m saying they should re-write Symbian and so on, just rip off Maemo’s color scheme, icons, and general style. To this date I’ve never seen anything cooler looking than the N900, both hardware and software-wise. I’d buy one myself if it weren’t so damn heavy.


    I practically drool every time I look at these

    Nokia clearly understands the value of a modern interface, but they just seem to be stuck in a rut with Symbian’s. I hope at the very least they port Maemo’s interface/aesthetic to MeeGo because so far it looks childish.

    • Keith

      “sure it’s shallow…but that’s what sells.”

      in case u didn’t know, Nokia cares more about functionality and cares even more about the common people. Sure they would love those round icons but can never afford them. So they would buy a nokia which provides much more functionality for it’s price. And I case u didn’t know, the UI is gonna change like crazy with Symbian^4. The looks and icons are gonna change too but the functionality will stay the same. Symbian^3 was just made to make the existing S60 5th edition work. It was horrible and Symbian^3 has improved on everything that s60 5th sucked at. They made to more touch friendly. So symbian is far from being dead is definitely gonna rule the common people

      • Aaron

        I’ve seen the concept videos for Symbian^4 and it still looks like garbage. Actually, I think the proposed icons look even worse. People shouldn’t have to choose between functionality and UI. I will agree that Symbian ^3 is getting better, but its hard for me to take it seriously when Maemo looks so damn futuristic. They could easily solve this issue by having the guys who worked on Maemo’s UI style make a similar theme for Symbian.

        • Keith

          Looking at the concept video doesnt make s^4 worse. It might be completely different than that video. It’s just a concept. They have a year to work on it. Maemo did look awesome but it wasn’t meant for those people that wanted ios or android type icons. Meego is for them. No it doesn’t look childish, it actually is a better looking os. May be not as good looking as Maemo but definitely better than ios or android.

    • IMarius

      maybe wait for Symbian 4 , as its full overhaul of the interface

  • Niraj

    Nokia and Symbian should also stop being arrogant that they have biggest market share.. Even Mr. Anssi Vanjoki mention this fact that Symbian has most smartphone market share. I really Dont like it.
    Everyone know it is only due to cheap smartphones like 5230, E63, 5630 etc etc. This arrogant harming both Nokia and Symbian.

  • N#O#R#U#L#E#S

    symbian actually is very good only for enter-level or middle-range smartphone AS N8…

    android, meego and ios for HI-END smartphone

    symbian 2003 TO 2007 glory was ended

    that’s ALL

  • chfyfx

    Symbian’s advantage is that it is all in one app-free OS. It will remain in the less developed society where there are no services and apps. It will serve as the role of swiss army knife, do all device for many many people. I think it will be in the lower end market.

    Meego, however, should take over at least 50% of nokia phones in 1 year for nokia to keep the domination. I would throw everything I’ve got at meego and make it the revolution of mobile computing. Not the ipod, iphone, ipad senario.

    Nokia, do not wait! You are almost late!

    • John Wiegand-forson

      The fact is Nokia probably won’t push Meego like people would want unfortunately, I wouldn’t be shocked if they actually abandoned after a year the fact is Nokia don’t seem to have a clear strategy

      • chfyfx

        Do not be presmistic, my friend. In the end this world will need no more than 3 major phone OS. I predict one of them is Meego. Cheers.

  • John Wiegand-forson

    Symbian will become one of those propriety OS’s for feature phones I think there’s no desire by anyone to develop apps for Symbian and the only person (Nokia) is sending mixed messages and seems to move slowly so people are loosing faith in Nokia and Symbian overall. Why can’t people accept that maybe time is over for Symbian and you know iOS and Android are the new hot people in town. Unless Symbian does something ridiculously revolutionary tomorrow it will fade away I am afraid I don’t want to say this but lets face it its true.

    • IMarius

      why dont you think nokia will push meego ? you dont think they have a plan ?
      going into a partnership with Intel , releasing the source code for meego , then getting the linux foundation to host meego. It sounds like they have long term plans to me.

      and there will be apps made for meego , so people can just use those on their symbian phones

      • John Wiegand-forson

        It feels like they are starting all over again with Meego I mean they have only just revealed UI specs it will take another year for anything fully functional OS that is comparable to iOS and Android while the competition are racking up customers and with Nokia who are slow it will take even longer and the fact is Nokia cant afford another year

    • Jim

      well yes people have lost faith in symbian, that’s why nokia is moving to low and middle devices, because those people are more interested in having a long battery life and make calls. meego will be for high-end. in time ,technology will advance and todays smartphones will become future featurephones, so meego will probably be moved in the next year also to middle devices, and then to low devices. probably symbian will die in 5-6 years from now, and meego will take it’s place. anyway a lot can happen in 5-6 years, but this is my prediction

  • JFH

    Andre, you shouldnt be influenced so easily by people with a passing view of the OS. There is NO technical reason why Symbian is inferior, in fact, I would argue, it is superior. Its UI tech has been outdated, and has been made as good as it gets in S^3. In S^4, there is literally NOTHING that Android has over Symbian. I leave iOS out of this as it is Apple only.

    I think the bigger picture is lost on most people, including experts. Why do you think phone makers skin android? To differentiate themselves. They are not sponsors of Android, they want to push boxes. The only player that has the resources to create its own ecosystem is Nokia. Once S^3 or S^4 are here, stable, usable, and Qt apps are trickling in, I project a shift from Android back to Symbian. Not completely of course, but a shift.

    SE can use S^4, influence its direction, and stay away from Google, that wants to have the content on the device. Google is Apple by means of other manufacturers. Once manufacturers have a real choice, which they will have with S^3 and S^4, they will make that choice.

    Even the arch enemy of Nokia, Eldar, has admitted that S^4 is really very good.

    Its articles like this, by yourself, that propagate American myopicness and hysteria. Its a classic case of Not Invented Here, and Buy American.

    Don’t believe the hype.

    • Andre

      You KNOW me, and you KNOW my views of symbian as has been smattered all over engadget decrying the constant bickering of bloggers on symbian’s crap OS when there are few issues with the OS in the first place.
      The title is more mocking of the current opinions of the blogosphere than my own views on the matter 😛

    • webby

      I’ve had Android 2.1 for a day on the Galaxy S and I’m missing my 5800 already. Certainly didn’t expect that to happen. It lags horribly, even with hardware like this, and it had made me appreciate even more what Symbian can do with meagre resources. I probably should’ve had more patience with the N8, but ah well, in around 18 months when I upgrade, MeeGo and Symbian^4 should be pretty solid and Nokia will have a host of nice devices out I’m sure.

  • Aymen

    I voted “other”.
    in the roadmap of Symbian foundation, Symbian^4 and Symbian^5 will be very very good OS. We can see the blog and developper section in, the foundation work very hard to make Symbian the best mobile OS and make life easy for developpers with Symbian^4 and Symbian^5.

    If the Symbian foundation continue to work as they describe in the roadmap, Symbian will equiped the hight end of Nokia, DoCoMo (and maybe Sony-Ericsson) devices.

    I’m very confident for the future of Symbian, we can see some details of Symbian^4 here:

  • mk

    Symbian^4 will be the greatest touch-based OS for mid-end Smartphone.
    cuz andriod SUCKS in the low-spec phone.

  • MIOC

    Nokia smartphone market R.I.P. They can stick Symbian to their cheap plastic phones and give them away with humanitarian aid to some natural disaster-stricken country.