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01 October 2010, 10:39

Samsung drops Symbian support

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Samsung have announced that they are dropping support for Symbian. According to the brief announcement, which was also sent to registered developers by email, Samsung says it will close it's Symbian support service on the 31st of December and will be closing its forums in the months before that. Registration of Symbian applications for the Samsung Apps store will also cease at the end of the year.

Last year, reports that Samsung was planning to abandon Symbian lead to denials from the company. Samsung joins Sony Ericsson in discontinuing support for Symbian. Sony Ericsson was reported last week as saying it had "no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system".

Nokia created the Symbian Foundation in 2008 to manage Symbian, and it planned an open source version of the Symbian mobile phone operating system. There were many challenges in releasing an open source version of what was a proprietary operating system, but in February the Foundation was able to announce that the open source code version was available. However, this has not stopped vendors such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson, who are Symbian Foundation members, from dropping support for Symbian.


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