Despite having previously acknowledged the costs of continuing to support Symbian, Nokia has not only pledged to support the OS until 2014, but will continue to release Symbian phones until 2012 “at least”. Both of these announcements come from Chris Carr, MD of Nokia Australia, at a press event in Sydney yesterday; they may be specific to the Australian market.
Already the benefit of the new synergy between Nokia and Microsoft is showing, with Nokia adopting an upgraded Microsoft Exchange server client and Communicator in its new business phones.
But Mr Carr said Nokia would not be tying itself exclusively to Microsoft.
…Chris Carr stressed that Symbian and Windows Phone 7 will co-exist until at least 2012. When pressed if 2012 would be the last year of Symbian smartphones, Carr refused to confirm or deny the presence of Symbian phones beyond this point. He also said Nokia has “invested an enormous amount of money” in Symbian and stressed the continuation of the platform in years to come.
Carr also reaffirmed Nokia’s continued development of MeeGo in partnership with Intel, and announced the latest Symbian update, “Anna”. You can read a full breakdown of the press conference at The Australian here.