3/30/2011 12:01:00 PM
Nokia to support Symbian, retailers assured
Nokia is determined to get the message out to UK retail staff that it will continue to invest in and support Symbian-powered devices during the transition to Windows Phone OS as its main operating platform.
John Nichols (pictured), Nokia’s director of marketing UK and Ireland, told Mobile: ‘When the switch to Microsoft Windows Phone was announced in February it raised a lot of excitement and it is massively important for our future, but everybody saw that and only that. We would like people to see the move as a transition from Symbian to Windows Phone, rather than a full stop.’
Nokia is anxious to head off any reluctance by retail staff to recommend Symbian-powered phones over concerns that devices will not be supported in the future.
Instead, Nichols said that this year customers will see a refreshed Symbian user experience with new home screen icons, a faster web browser, widgets for Ovi Store apps and over-the-air upgrades. The improvements are designed to make it easier for customers and store staff to upgrade Nokia phones.
He pointed out that the N8, C7 and C6 are all running on Symbian ^3, as is the E7, which is due out soon. ‘Symbian will continue for some time yet and we are making sure we invest in the developer community to ensure there are more apps,’ said Nichols.