Nokia Will Officially Put Down Symbian in North America – All Chips on Windows PhoneAugust 9, 2011 No Comments
Nokia has officially given up on Symbian in North America. Although Symbian like Nokia have a cult following in the US, nether one has garnered much of a consumer frenzy. In an interview with All Things D, Nokia President Chris Weber had the following to say:
â€œWhen we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc., â€
â€œIt will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesnâ€™t matter what we do (elsewhere).â€
â€œWeâ€™ll develop for North America and make the phones globally available and applicable,â€ Weber said. â€œIn fact, evidence of that is that the first Windows
Phones that will ship are being done by our group in San Diego.â€
â€œWithout getting into numbers, it is significantly larger than anything we have done in the past and the most we will invest in any market worldwide,â€ Weber said. â€œThey are putting their money where their mouth is.â€
Although there are Symbian fans out there that will in fact cry foul, this is a necessary step that Nokia must take to grow their market-share in the US. Symbian has not been a crowd favorite here and I do not believe that will ever change. Nokia is going a different direction and it should be full steam ahead with Windows Phone (atleast in the US).
Anyone think different? Should Nokia still keep their options open and make Symbian devices for the US?
Source: All Things D