Nokia has committed to support its ailing Symbian operating system until at least 2016 -- despite ramping up production to churn out a new Windows Phone every few months. CEO Stephen Elop confirmed his company's intentions during a recent interview in China.
Symbian has had a rough ride of late. Ever since we learnt ofthe future of both Symbian and MeeGo looked bleak. That wasn't helped by the and the casting off of Symbian to Accenture.
That said, the latestis impressive, while future versions of the OS could .
Though Elop reaffirms Nokia's primary focus and investment in Windows Phone devices, he promised full support for Symbian would continue for the next five years. Pressed by the interviewer, he confirmed this included full customer service, updates and apps.
There are some. Nokia is expected to launch its first WP phone before the end of the year, with new handsets coming every two to three months thereafter. Elop talks about the need for Nokia to up its pace, working faster and more aggressively to stay ahead of its competition.
There's no shortage of Symbian-based handsets coming on to the market right now, from the smartand to the brilliantly tasteless and the simply crazy , which mashes up Nokia's OS with full-blown Windows 7 Home Premium.
Actually, we'd best not be too rude about the Oro. It turns out Elop is quite a fan of the bling, admitting -- nay, boasting -- that he's been using it in China. I wonder if he's given one to Steve Ballmer?