Nokia plans to retire Symbian OS in the U.S.

Nokia is not satisfied with the adoption rate of their Symbian operating devices in North America. Symbian is still a popular OS overseas in other countries, but has never seemed to gain traction over here in the states. They are looking forward to their newer devices to launch with Windows Phone 7 OS on them. In fact, in an interview with All Things D, Nokia Inc. President Chris Weber stated the following:

“When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.” “It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere).”

Looks like Nokia has put all its chip in one basket with this mobile OS from Microsoft and we are not sure if they made the correct decision. The adoption rate of Windows Phone 7 OS has been lackluster compared to the success of Android and iOS devices. Will Microsoft be able to gain the allure they once held with Windows Mobile back before smartphones were popular? Who knows! However, we hope Nokia leans on other operating systems in the future such as Android and Web-OS. Nokia usually makes great hardware on their upscale smartphones and we would love to see that coupled with something other than just Symbian and Windows Phone 7.


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Solomon Massele
Solomon is our Senior Managing Editor here at TekGoblin and he is also a columnist for Best Buy Mobile Magazine. He has been a technology enthusiast for years and currently contributes to companies such as TekGoblin, Best Buy Mobile Magazine, and others in the past such as SPJ Reviews. You can keep up with his updates on Twitter at @iceman7679 and his visual tech related reviews on YouTube at He loves everything tech, and talking about it!