Nokia Corporation (ADR)
) ships its last Symbian phone in the summer, it will close a final
chapter for the phone giant. The company is ramping up its focus on
other lines, from Asha in the low end to Lumia on the high end.
In the first quarter, Symbian accounted for only 500,000 shipments.
By comparison, 5.6 million Lumia devices were shipped. Lumia runs
) Windows Phone 8 (WP8).
11 Years Old
Symbian was an 11-year-old platform. Support for consumers using
Symbian will continue until at least 2016, and the winding down of
the brand is favorable for investors. The most notable models from
Symbian were the N95, E71, and the 808 PureView. There are two
things that are most significant coming from Symbian: PureView and
superior hardware quality.
Nokia first introduced the 41 megapixel PureView camera on Symbian
devices. The camera's ability to take low-light photos, support
video stabilization, and produce sharp photos excited many. The
OmniBSI-2 sensor is made by
OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
). This camera was well-received by the public, and Nokia plans on
possibly including this technology in its Lumia devices this
The culture for creating solid hardware for Symbian devices will
continue in Lumia devices. Even though the modern era of mobile
computing exists because of Symbian, the legacy of the operating
system live on. It will take time for WP8 to get many of the
features Symbian had, but as this happens, demand for Nokia Lumias
will only grow.
The last chapter for Symbian is good news for Nokia shareholders.
The high cost for developing devices using this operating system
hurt profits, and made it impossible for Nokia to innovate as fast
as its competitors. After WP8 became the third most popular
operating system by market share, it validated Nokia's strategy to
shift to the Microsoft Platform. There will be bumps along the way
for Nokia's share price, but the trend is going to be positive.
When the rumored Nokia EOS phone is announced, it will be another
milestone achieved by the company. Consumers who need a solid phone
and an even more powerful camera will consider a Nokia device
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