Originally Posted by melgross
I believe that over time, Nokia will be abandoning Symbian. Symbian 3 has already been called "creaky" among other things not positive. There's only so much you can do to an OS that was never designed to do that.
I am certain the abandonment of Symbian has been in Nokia's plans for a few years. But there are two problems.
1) They can't do it without upsetting a lot of people.
2) The alternative isn't ready for prime-time yet.
So they are stuck in the middle, forced to work on two overlapping technologies. One old and clunky, the other modern but only half-finished.
Apple found themselves in a similar position.
I think the open-sourcing of Symbian was the first step in the jettisoning of it. Perhaps they thought other manufacturers would step-in and contribute to the upkeep of the ageing OS. But it was an uninviting prospect. Like inviting a neighbor to fix your toilet.
Perhaps a new management team, less concerned with politics, will be a bit more brutal.