Symbian in Maintenance mode? Or crossed wires?

| October 18, 2012 | 13 Replies

There’s some report of Symbian being put into ‘maintenance mode’ as found on the Nokia Developer site, discussing Nokia Drive. There is no such official information from Nokia regarding Symbian’s status other than continued support up until 2016. Lucian from Nokia says that the original message below refers only to the developer platform intended to dismiss a bug report that did not belong in that section as it would not end up in the developer offering.

No one is really expecting a lot to change in Symbian now that Nokia is focused on S40 and WP, but fans still want to know they’ll get the support Nokia promised.

Developer_Nokia 2012-10-11 09:07:52 EEST

Dear developer,

Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus Symbian is in maintenance mode and
no new features will be implement without extremely good reason ( business
case). We have written down your ideas for future development if there is a
chance that new features will be released.

Kind Regards
Nokia Developer support


Marg971 asked

“Do you mean that Nokia will not produce another version for Symbian OS?”

This is followed up by Lucian Tomuța from Nokia who attempts to give context:

ltomuta 2012-10-16 10:23:56 EEST
Hi Marg971

We do not comment here on Nokia’s product roadmap. Please follow Nokia’s press
releases for obtaining such information.


The above message refers to Symbian as a developer platform (that’s what Nokia
Developer works with) and dismisses a bug report, or rather feature request,
which does not belong here and has no chance of ever being implemented as part
of the developer offering. Nokia Drive is an application, it is not part of the
developer platform and as such not in the scope of this bug reporting channel.

We are still welcoming bug reports which are affecting the developer platform
(NOT product related bug reports) and we will do our best to fix them, if at
all possible withing the current platform context.

Best regards,

Update (Ali): The Develepor tema posted a second reply clarifying the messages above, stating that the matinence mode is for earlier symbian releases (probably the first gen of symbian devices, the same ones that recieved Belle refresh). Regrading the 808:

We do have new feature development for Pureview 808  product

3Developer_Nokia 2012-10-16 15:49:28 EEST
Dear Developer,

I would like to make short correction to our previous comments just to avoid
potential misunderstandings. When we were talking about maintenance mode we
were actually referring to our earlier Symbian releases. We do have new feature
development for Pureview 808 product and we periodically evaluate what updates
are needed to attract the end users. Your comments will we re-evaluated in
these cross-check points.

Best Regards
Nokia Developer Support


Via: DM

Cheers rishabh for the tip!


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  • Jay, kindly update the post, in Nokia Developer forum they have updated the response that can be found here where they say that the Pureview 808 is indeed supported,

  • Him

    @Jay-Nokia Q3 2012 – $754 Million Loss, 2.9 Million Lumia
    Phones Sold..

    Call me optimistic but atleast it means the company’s starting to
    reverse their losses and CEO Stephen Elop’s strategy seems to be
    working. There’s a slowdown in Lumia sales though, from 4 Million
    last quarter to just 2.9 Million this quarter but that’s not surprising
    considering how everyone’s waiting for the Lumia 920 and Lumia
    820 Windows Phone 8 devices, and the news that current Windows Phone 7 devices would only get the update to WP7.8. Their Asha sales are going strong, with 77 Million sold, out of which
    6.5 Million where Asha ‘full touch’ phones. Even more suprising is
    that their Symbian phones still outsold Lumia Windows Phones, with
    3.4 Million smartphones sold vs 2.9 Million Lumias. An effect of the Nokia 808 PureView maybe? Apart from that, their net reserves have fallen from €4.2 billion ($5.5
    billion) to €3.56 billion ($4.7 billion) quarter-over-quarter. All in all, it’s still bad news, but there’s just the glimmer of hope that
    they might pull things off with their Windows Phone 8 devices
    coming in this quarter. All we need now is a release date within the
    next two months, Nokia.

  • zymesh

    i agree on this. As what a typical SDLC(software development life cycle) last phase is ‘Maintenance’. Based on what we know that Symbian is supported until 2016, its just correct that the status is on maintenance based on a developers point of view.

    nothing to be alarmed with.

  • Just a Tipster

    Major UI update and redesign update for Symbian cancelled to save $500 million? A tipster has told me this.

    • vidar

      I sure hope not and can’t see how it would cost 500 mil to redesign by using codes…

  • Let’s hope they do support the 808, etc. Very gutting if they don’t.

    In other tech news, seems like Nintendo might have dropped the ball – their new controller doesn’t seem to be all that. More info / mini review…

  • Jordan 82

    Why can’t Nokia be clear on Symbian’s future? It’s not a crime to admit if yes or no, they will still release new updates with new functionalities or just bug fixes and it would finally let us know what we can wait from them !

    • CodeAndSyntax

      Yeah, your either in or your out. Whatever good will Symbian had, disappeared long ago.

    • Linh

      So clearly I think, it’s already dead before. Nothing to waiting for, I’ll wait for some improvements from Windows Phone. If not, Android and iOS are also good choices. I always remember four Symbian phones I had, and this’s the best time a had with smartphone.

  • JGrove303

    Being as how the 808 is the only Belle device available from Nokia in NAM, I shoyld hope they are still supporting it. They supported the N8-00 a full 2 years this month, so I’m not suprised at all. A great run.

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  • D Harries

    The 808 will continue to be a great phone….. as long as there is code. There is scope to replace the button bar with all swipe actions for everything, and with the hardware as a permanent constant, the software can go on forever getting better. There is no best before/sell by date.

  • GordonH

    Does anyone here have insider news of any future Symbian devices?