Nokia has ditched Symbian for MeeGo on its high-end N series devices.
The N8 smartphone will be the last N series phone to run on
Nokia’s Symbian platform.
The move marks Nokia's fightback for market share at the top end of the market.
In a statement Nokia said: ‘As we have previously said,
Symbian is enabling us to bring smartphones to more and more people and ensures
scale for our solutions and services, and for developers. The Nokia N8 is our most advanced smartphone based on the
‘MeeGo running on high performance devices will deliver a
wealth of internet, computing and communication experiences with deep Ovi
service integration. Going forward, N series devices will be based on MeeGo.’
CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood told Mobile: ‘MeeGo is the cornerstone of Nokia’s
fightback in the high-end market. For Nokia to compete in this sector it needs
to go beyond where Symbian takes it today. Symbian has done a fantastic job at
the lower end but will struggle at the high-end against the likes of the iPhone
and Motorola’s Droid, for example.’
Wood said Symbian would continue to play a key role in Nokia’s
strategy. He said: 'Make no mistake, Symbian is still a massively important part
of the business, delivering the largest proportion of sales in terms of revenue
but MeeGo will take the fight to the high end where Nokia has lost brand share.’