Sony Ericsson is dropping Symbian


No ^3 phones planned

Handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson has confirmed there are no plans to include the Nokia operating system Symbian in future mobile phones, in an interview with Business title Bloomberg.

Aldo Liguori, who carries the title of Corporate VP and Head of Global Communications & PR at Sony Ericsson announced in the article: “We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system”.

There have been a number of mobile phones of late running Symbian in SE’s mobile phone portfolio. These range from the 2009 Satio handset, to this year’s Sony Ericsson Vivaz and Qwerty keyboard based version – the Vivaz Pro.

This news from SE comes just a few weeks after Nokia’s annual symposium Nokia World 2010, where the Finnish phone maker’s announced a number of new handsets running the very latest Symbian^3 OS.

The piece in Bloomberg Businessweek goes on to quote Sony Ericsson’s Chief Creation Officer Rikko Sakaguchi – “We have made a significant shift to support Android”.

Recently, Sony Ericsson has rolled out the Android based Xperia 10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro – all of which have been successful for them, albeit on older versions of the OS.

Symbian of late has lost favour in many peoples’ minds as a major operating system despite having a high market presence, where it’s fallen behind in popularity to the other open source platform – Google’s Android.

Bloomberg Businessweek

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