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

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.