Symbian Era Officially Over, Nokia Announces 808 Was The Last Symbian Device

| January 24, 2013 | 169 Replies


Along with Nokia’s quarterly earning today they also slipped in a little nugget of information; something all of us knew, but most were secretly hoping wasn’t so. In the sales report they confirmed that the 808 Pureview was and shall remain the last Symbian device from Nokia.


Perhaps a fitting end for Symbian though, the one device that pulled it together (in most places), and till now remains unchallenged in the imaging arena; perhaps making way for a Lumia brethren with the same sensor?

During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the company wrote. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia

Now that Nokia is officially in the black again perhaps in a few years once they got their ship in order they can build up a new side project for the Symbian/Meego loyal? But for now hold course I say.

Farewell Ducky.




Category: Lumia, Nokia, Symbian

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  • incognito

    So long and thanks for all the fish.

    On a side note, following Nokia is nowadays turning into a bizarre screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but with the original intended ending.

  • Sue

    R.I.P MY First smart phone OS 🙁

    • dss

      It did lay the foundation for the modern smartphone..

      • Pasanen oli hieno mies

        Yes it did. It was a great run when it started.

        Have you heard the story why Apple started to develop iPhone? They were frustrated because phones were not too nice to use.

        That’s how Apple and Steve Jobs invented the modern smartphone.

        He was a genius. It’s most unfortunate that Nokia didn’t embrace great designers like Steve Jobs.


  • Stuart

    I like Symbian for it’s unique capabilities (recording phone calls and on device answering machine) so I’ll be buying some to stock up on when the price dips. Then I’ll make sure I load up on all the software I can because one day they’ll shutter the Nokia Store and if you don’t have it you won’t be able to get it.

  • Hacklove

    At last,this Symbian is over. Rip.
    Long live Lumia

  • Sefriol

    The era which should have ended with N8. Symbian wasn’t designed with touchscreens in mind.
    But shit happens. Time to move on.

    • incognito

      Sory to burst your bubble, but they’re digging out the Lumia line to lay Symbian in the grave. Unlike Symbian which was ceremoniously shot even tho it had some life in it left, Lumia was dead from the start. Stillborn so to say.

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  • dansus

    Wouldnt be so bad if they had something to replace it.

  • dss

    Its kind of in.. “zombie” mode really.. its going to be properly dead in a few years.

  • Mathias

    Nokia, was this your “support until 2016”. 🙁

    • support is one thing, devices is another.

      • Jerome Horno

        And another thing is will they keep this business alive till that time. A zombie support? Hard to believe!

    • incognito

      Support until 2016 == If some (root) CA gets compromised, we’ll push an update to the stored certificates.

  • GordonH

    Next kill s40. Ms pushing for WinCE to replace s40, it’s confirmed news.

    • Bassman

      Confirmed where? Links please.

      • GordonH

        Ah links?
        Take it however you want, but s40 is definitely on the “kill” list.

        • Pasanen oli hieno mies

          I see.

          The old Symbian religion.

          “No proof but it just has to be because Elop is evil.”


          • GordonH

            Wow.. I see

            The new WP religion.

            “Elop is the great and a has great intentions for Nokia”


            • Zipa

              “Elop is the great and a has great intentions for Nokia”

              Duh. He’s the CEO of Nokia, you don’t get to, or get to keep such a position without having great intentions and a realistic execution plan for said intentions.

              You would think that this would be obvious to everyone, but the comment section over here just keeps on amazing…

              • Jerome Horno

                heemm? but why? Seems S40 is now basic sale for company – it would unreasonable… I suppose…

        • jiipee

          There’s been no info on it whatsoerver. I doubt that it is true.

          From business point of view it makes sense. There is not that much competitive edge that can be gained from S40. If the licenses are low enough, they could well quit developing it. S30 they will still need as long as they have the low price feature phones.

  • l33tuc

    Forgive me if I’m wrong, I’m sure I am wrong (although I don’t want to be), but in the context of the quote above, it simply states that the 808 WAS the last Symbian device released by Nokia, not that it categorically IS the last ever Symbian device from Nokia. At the very least, it can certainly be misconstrued.

    • dss

      ya.. its pretty clear that its the last Symbian.

    • rafaelinux

      In english latest != last.

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  • Hamad

    Could it be because it’s no more Symbian, it’s Nokia Belle now? But I hope it can be manipulated in WP7.8 at least; in the very near future.

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  • Jovrien

    Farewell Symbian.

    I could still feel the excitement I had when I first saw the Nokia 7650 ad on TV and thought to myself that that was the shape of phones to come- large phone, large colored screen, and with a camera. And I was right.

    The Nokia 3660 was my first Symbian phone and I could say I already had the smartphone experience when some people were still using PDAs. Back then most people I knew can’t tell the difference between a Series 40 and a Series 60. They thought that the pricey ones were better (88xx vs. 3660) but little did they know that with my Symbian-powered 3660 I had a very reliable PIM, the calendar helped me get through my day in highschool, and I could easily switch between apps to do other stuff like writing my journal on the Notes app. I used to write (as in pen and notebook) on my diary but with the 3660 I became so lazy that I started writing my journal on my phone then send it to my PC at home via Bluetooth, print it, and paste it on my paperback diary. It was insane and I thought life couldn’t get easier. You wouldn’t believe me when I even wrote my term paper on the Notes app during my free time at school because it was so much easier with the T9 and dictionary. Type on phone, send to PC via Bluetooth, edit on PC, and my term paper was done in less than 2 weeks! My paper was about Cellular Phones and its importance blah blah, btw. I was that obsessed with phones and Nokia. Good times.

    All I could say now is that Nokia has been my hero when I was growing up. And I feel lucky to grow up at a time when I was able to embrace Symbian and put it through its paces and make it earn its keep. I made the most of it and filled it with my favourite things. Ahhh memories. Now I’m typing this using my Nokia 808 PureView and can’t believe that this is the last of the Symbian that i grew up with. A Symbian Nokia phone so perfect for me that it hurts to think that it’s already goodbye. LOL seriously, it’s been a wonderful decade with Nokia and Symbian and I’ll always look back to those times that when a new feature was added on a Nokia phone, I’d get a sense of wonder and awe. Nowadays the spec sheets of the leading brands don’t excite me anymore.

    Farewell, Symbian. The Nokia 808 PureView is the perfect phone to close the show.


    • RVM

      well written.

    • GordonH

      Well written.

    • Zymesh

      *Raises 808


    • petermurzin

      thanks for your story…And RIP will always remain in our hearts..

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  • Deep Space Bar

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  • Deep Space Bar

    they would of sold more if it was meego and symbian but NOPE….they failed with the same sales they’ve had from a year ago…that’s not PROGRESS AT ALL

  • Deep Space Bar
    • Veigald

      Man, what a clown that Ahonen guy is. He sure can put a smile on your face with his twisted mind and bitter resent. Does he actually believe in his own spew?

      • Pasanen oli hieno mies

        Many people here seem to consider Tomi as the best source for truth about Nokia. No wonder some people are so ignorant haha.


        • GordonH

          Many people consider Elop to be the best source of truth about Nokia. No wonder some people are so ignorant haha


          ps. most Nokia fans don’t read Tomi but most Nokia fans don’t trust Elop too. Get the connection.

          • Pasanen oli hieno mies

            I see. I have insulted you Master, Tomi Ahonen? This must be really bad for someone praising Symbian and supporting the Symbian religion.

            I get the connection between your Symbian religion and opinions.


            • GordonH

              Let me repeat

              Most Nokia fans don’t care or read about Tomi.

              • Jerome Horno

                Perhaps, I don’t care. The point is weather Ahonens data and analyses are true?

                Of course Nokia will use other parts of business to keep financial equilibrium, so will not bankrupt tomorrow, that is obvious.

                In papers (form 20-F) Nokia has declared transition period of 2 years, so 24 months. From my experience transition lasts from 6-12moths, but doesn’t meter. Transition was to 1:1 or better from Symbian and MeeGo altogether to Windows (lets not talk about that there are many windows and they are incompatible in fact). So this mean now we should have Lumia sell not less then 29millions mobiles (the worst scenario), but even rather about 58millions Lumias.

                Do we have such level of Lumia Windows sell or not? Has transition succeeded?

                I don’t say Ahonen is 100% fair and accurate, but it might be worth Nokia would consider if Ahonen has something to say, if he has provided several forecasts which are closer to real world then others did.

                Whatever, Ahonen is not my mobiles supplier, but Nokia. And I would like to have possibility to buy a Nokia mobile which meets my needs, I don’t care to much what marketing services want me to hardsale as superduper marketing mix. I pay with my money, when a product is worth to pay for it – and I will stay with this routine.

          • Zipa

            “Many people consider Elop to be the best source of truth about Nokia.”

            Of course he is. He has access to everything that happens within Nokia, and as a CEO he is obliged by law to be truthful in all his communications.

            Again, how is this not obvious to you? Do you not know anything about how business is conducted?

            • jiipee

              I agree that he has been truthfull, just twisting and hiding the facts.

              If Nokia was a smaller player, the financial authorities would have warned them of their reporting. The last report for example contains some interesting accounting decisions: RIM payments are allocated in full to NA, when the actual R&D is on corporate level; the sales of HQ is allocated fully to mobile devices, when there is a lot of corporate personnel working there; the MS deal cash flows are slowly being opened, when they should have made in the first place ie they will be net payer in the future. There are similar deliberate gaming of facts before.

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  • E39A

    Now that Symbian is officially dead is the support going to get pushed back? I love my 808,701 and N8. I still haven’t gotten a new wp8 device since the 710 left a bad impression on me. Don’t get me wrong, I still have love for Nokia and NOK stock. But once they come out with a fully fleshed out wp experience and by that I mean all the features I loved on Symbian and that are already there on Android I’ll stick to my existing DEAD Symbian line up and my SONY Androids.

  • c0br4

    RIP Symbian
    I’ll miss you!! 🙁