Symbian Is Dead

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In a branding equivalent of quietly dumping a corpse off a pier in the middle of the night, Nokia is retiring the Symbian moniker for good. Except it's not dead—now it's just called Nokia Belle. Belle! Ha! Ha.

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Unlike the moment when ATI ceased to be a thing, I doubt anyone will shed a nostalgic tear for Symbian. It was always an awful, putrid piece of phone software, an anchor that dragged Nokia off-course and out of favor. Let's just pretend it never happened and be glad Nokia's holding hands with Windows Phone. Belle—hahaha. See you in heck. [Nokia via Engadget]

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ezrashapiro

The Sony-Ericsson P800, P900, and P910 were on track to become what the iPhone is, but I think the line wasn't marketed properly. I was surfing the internet on a full touchscreen well before the iPhone release. Symbian wasn't difficult to use, but it had apps and if not for company and marketing decisions, I imagine that line of phones could have easily become more popular. I don't think that Symbian is what kept them out of the running, but rather the $900 price tag.