Nokia announces it's killing support for Symbian, MeeGo apps two years early

Nokia announces it's killing support for Symbian, MeeGo apps two years early

Summary: App developers have been told Nokia will call time on support for the older OSes sooner than expected.

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Just weeks after announcing plans to sell its devices and services business to Microsoft, Nokia has begun winding down support for the Symbian and MeeGo smartphones OSes.

Nokia has told MeeGo and Symbian app developers they won't be able to submit new apps or update existing ones from 1 January 2014, according to an email Nokia's developer team sent out to developers yesterday.

"If you have Symbian and MeeGo content in the Nokia Store, it will continue to be available for download to customers, and you will continue to receive download and revenue reports as well as payouts for downloaded content. However, starting January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo," Nokia wrote in a copy of the email seen by ZDNet.

The move follows Nokia's decision in 2011 to abandon the platforms in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone on its Lumia smartphones, while its low-end devices remained on S40.

While the move is not surprising, the deadline gives developers just three months to make final updates to their Symbian and MeeGo apps, and has disappointed some fans who expected Symbian support for a longer time.

As some owners of devices like the MeeGo-based N9 and Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView pointed out on Twitter, Nokia had promised to support Symbian until 2016 via a deal with Accenture.

Nokia reiterated that commitment just last month following the announcement that Microsoft would acquire its devices and services business for €5.4bn.

Once the deal clears, 32,000 Nokia employees across the globe will move to Microsoft, which plans to continue selling Nokia-branded Asha devices while forging ahead with its own Microsoft Windows Phones. 

Topics: Mobility, Mobile OS, Nokia, Software Development

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  • Moving on

    Better to dump DOA POS operating systems that nobody uses.
    Dreyer Smit
  • DOA POS OS?

    By that, do you mean Windows Phone?
    Chooky78
  • Call me surprised ...

    by little that has transpired with Nokia/Microsoft relationship. MANY people forecasted the unsuccessful path that Nokia/Microsoft has taken since that Feb. 2011 announcement.
    jkohut
    • HA, SUCESSFUL KILLING MEEGO

      don't be surprised, Nokia MS has been a successful path than the Meego path. since Feb 2011 announcement. Everyday you see Lumias on people hands, growing.
      THEBIGBEN2012
  • A good way to kill customer loyalty (think of the Nokia brand)

    From the article:
    "As some owners of devices like the MeeGo-based N9 and Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView pointed out on Twitter, Nokia had promised to support Symbian until 2016 via a deal with Accenture."
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • good riddance Nokia

    Once loyal and faithful customer, lost since that stupid Feb. 2011 announcement.

    Rest in peace.
    danbi
    • You mean "Hello Nokia"

      Good ridence to MeeGo and Symbian, may they rest in peace.

      With them gone, Nokia can actually GROW their phone business again without diverting resorces to old phone OS nobody really wants.

      HTC's having that same problem now with their phone line right about now with their primary phone OS....
      William.Farrel
      • Re: Nokia can actually GROW their phone business

        Don't spread lies, or just wake up.

        Nokia will not be selling mobile phones for few years.

        Microsoft will be selling Asha (S40) phones under the Nokia brand.

        So no, no more phone business for Nokia.
        danbi
        • S40 OS TO MS LOL

          GOODBYE.
          BTW. Microsoft is not selling Nokia S40. They are going to use Asha brand for their low budget windows phones actually. Don't talk crap.
          THEBIGBEN2012
          • Re: use Asha brand for their low budget windows phones

            Ah great. More consumer confusion. Way to go, Microsoft!
            Of course, everything must be Windows Whatever XYZ...

            Someone forgot to tell Microsoft people buy Asha phones because they are not running WP....
            danbi
  • Should Read Microsoft announces it's killing support....

    Nokia is now just a brand and a puppet in the hands of Microsoft.
    5735guy