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Nokia/Symbian Future in Doubt?

June 24, 2009

Did you know that of the 12 major handset manufacturers (excluding apple), just one has decided against adopting the Google Android Operating system. Who is this one I here you cry?

It be Nokia.

With the impending Android revolution approaching this Autumn, have Nokia made the right decision? With the world and his best mate dropping what they know to exploit the worlds first open source operating system, surely Nokia should be following? This has long been a question I have asked myself and others around me, and has often caused quite the stir. Well it seems now that they had another trick up their sleeve. Today, Nokia revealed it has teamed up with Intel to forge a partnership with the aim of delivering the nippiest mobile devices ever seen using new chipset tech. As part of the new deal the pair will develop a new breed of Intel Architecture-mobile computing device and chipsets to rival, if not beat that of the iPhone 3GS.

“We will explore new ideas in designs, materials, and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today,” Nokia’s Kai Oistamo, executive VP of devices said in a statement.

However, what does this mean for poor old Symbian? Over ten years since it first partnered with the Operating System, and just over a year since buying out (Sony) Ericsson, Panasonic and Samsung to take full control, this new partnership casts a rather dark cloud over the future relationship between the two. Intel are mainly initially going to be looking into the tech, but I am convinced it will not be long until they start to tread on the OS toes.

I still maintain that they have made a terrible mistake in not joining the Android bandwagon, but like many things, only time will tell.

Edit: Go check out this post at Mobile Industry Review with some expansion on the relationship

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. carlmartin1987 permalink*
    June 25, 2009 7:21 am

    If you are from Nokia, please leave a comment and give us an idea of the future relationship with Symbian and Intel. Be great to hear from you.

  2. July 3, 2009 8:33 pm

    Well, sorry, I’m not Nokia employee, but I thought quite a lot about Symbian/Nokia relationship.

    Here’s some of those thoughts:

    http://www.unwiredview.com/2009/05/23/explaining-nokia-ditching-symbian-rumor-its-not-true/

    Regarding the Nokia/Intel partnership – it doesn’t really matter much from OS/software perspective. Whether it’s ARM based or Intel chips – Nokia is looking into a hardware side, with Maemo and (maybe) even Symbian working on both.

    • carlmartin1987 permalink*
      July 4, 2009 9:39 am

      Great post, thanks for sharing.

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