Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Nokia ending support for Symbian and MeeGo OS from 01 JAN 2014
Nokia announced that it will be dropping support for the Symbian and MeeGo operating systems at the end of this year. Moreover, Nokia's developers support team sent out an e-mail to the saying that they would not be allowed to continue distributing MeeGo or Symbian applications through the Ovi Store from January 1st , 2014 onwards.
While apps will still be available for download to customers and developers will still continue to receive revenue for published apps till 31 Dec 2013.
The Nokia Developer Team has said the reason for the imminent shutdown is so that the company can focus on its Asha and Windows Phone lineup and not have to worry about products it no longer makes.
There are countless loyal fans out there still using the handsets, and right now they are being very vocal that the platform is effectively being switched off. Nokia have access to the traffic and download stats for their Stores, so will be aware of the volume of users till using the Store for third party applications.
It’s perhaps understandable to stop the uploading of new applications, but to deny the opportunity to update applications is going to lead to a number of issues. One immediate thought is what happens when Facebook updates their API, all the social functionality in these apps will be broken.
However, the move is not a surprising one, because even Intel dropped its support for MeeGo platform similarly, more than a year ago. There are countless loyal fans out there still using the handsets running on same platform, thus Nokia's move will definitely having some adverse impact on the company. Moreover, Nokia obviously has access to the traffic and download stats for their Stores, so will be aware of the reactions of users using the Store for third party applications.