Nokia N8 to be last Symbian-powered Nseries, MeeGo moving forward

Nokia N8 to be last Symbian-powered Nseries, MeeGo moving forwardThere has been a lot of people writing in the press that the N8 is the end of Symbian and other such nonsense. Last Fall Nokia made it clear that future high end devices were going to be powered by Maemo (now MeeGo) so the fact that the Nseries lines is going this way is clearly no surprise to anyone. I think people may be a bit disappointed that the upcoming N8, that hasn’t even been released yet, has a visible end of life. As someone who bought and enjoys using the Nokia N900, I am a bit hesitant to get the N8 since if looks to be following the same pattern. Then again, I switch phones so often that this shouldn’t really matter. Others though do not switch this much and thanks to webOS, Android, and the iPhone people have come to expect their smartphones to be upgradeable for at least the 2 year contract cycle. We have not seen any news that the N8 will be upgradeable to MeeGo so this concerns people who were considering paying for this new flagship device.

We also have not seen much in the way of what MeeGo really means and I am not completely sold that Nokia is all in with this either. Nokia has changed their mind and it seems tough to sell to developers what the path forward is with changes and inconsistencies in your strategy. Rafe assembled an excellent article over on All About Maemo that lays it all out.

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20 Comments to Nokia N8 to be last Symbian-powered Nseries, MeeGo moving forward

Big D
June 25, 2010

I was really looking forward to purchasing this device. I’m not so sure now. I hope it’s upgradeable to MeeGo. Come on Nokia, get your act together.

Adam
June 25, 2010

Asking Nokia to provide an update path from Symbian to Meego seems grossly unrealistic.

It’s a completely different code base and I doubt there is even an experimental linux kernel running on it?

You are just setting yourselves up to be disgruntled.

You yourself need to pick an OS and not a hardware platform going forward whether it’s Meego, Android, or iOS. I think Symbian is a bad path but pick what you want.

Then don’t expect any possible combination of phone hardware and os to work… it’s silly and not going to happen.

JC
June 25, 2010

What a way for Nokia to kill its own sales

Axel Cortez
June 26, 2010

symbian wont die, what will die is symbian in the Nseries, so the upgrades for the N8 will come as it uses the new symbian which is gonna be used in the X series and C series.

Totally different with the N900 case which we have maemo that is changing to meego.

this is reposition of the the software to another line up this being the last Nseries to have symbian wont take a hit because of it

matt
June 26, 2010

There is no way this will get an upgrade to MeeGo. Personally, I think Nokia shot themselves in the foot. I won’t elaborate – Too much on my mind, especially Nokia’s decisions in the recent past.

Keith
June 26, 2010

Has there ever been a Symbian-based Nokia phone that was upgradable to another version of Symbian, let alone anything else? If you’re reasonably satisfied with your phone software as a Nokia customer now, get an N8 when it comes out and enjoy the heck out of it for two years or so. Nokia a) customizes the heck out of the software for each device, b) doesn’t need major upgrades because Symbian isn’t missing a bazillion basic features like iOS was out of the gate, and c) tends to release much of the value-added stuff as separate software packages. What would an E71 really gain if it was upgradable to FP2? Lonely Planet guides?

Michael Perlman
June 27, 2010

“Then again, I switch phones so often that this shouldn’t really matter.”

You switch phones so often because Nokia releases a new device every time we blink. People don’t buy two iPhones in the same year because Apple doesn’t release that many to begin with, and also because it adds new features to older phones with very frequent firmware updates. We see this with the current iPhone 4 and iOS 4.0 situation: Every model down to the iPhone 3G gets the new firmware with as many features as the hardware can support.

Nokia’s announcement of the discontinuation of Symbian from N-series handsets automatically renders every one of those devices obsolete; people won’t buy into Symbian-based N-series phones if they realize that the next thing will be completely incompatible.

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lilkon
June 28, 2010

nokia must carry on with what they are doing because they are the one who knows whats best for their costumers they do the best

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Rafael
July 3, 2010

I don’t know if anyone has made the connection yet, I didn’t bother reading all the post, lol… But sure hope this statement clarifies where Nokia stands with Symbian and now Meego. As far as I can understand by research done on my own; Symbian is still going to be Nokia’s primary smartphone OS while Meego will power their mobile computers(Eg. like MID, Netbooks and tablets). Symbian may be old, but it was made to be adaptable; thus the Symbian Foundation was formed to shape the new Symbian. Meego is new, and it is being developed for the purpose of complementing Nokia’s entry into Computers and Software(anyone remember the Booklet 3G?). And in order for these platforms to co-exist and compliment each other; QT was aquired from Trolltech. The new QT Developing Environment is the bridge that ties Symbian Smartphones to their Meego Mobile Computers.

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bob
December 1, 2010

Too late for me… I have chosen the N8 and sealed in a three contract. Symbian 3 isn’t bad, but when you know that there’ll be something better out there soon and you just can’t have it, it really, really lets you down.

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