Another slap to Nokia's face
It's another death knell in the coffin for Nokia's Symbian platform on phones that aren't made by Nokia. Samsung, one of the biggest manufacturers in the world, said it will completely end support for the platform at the end of the year.
Symbian is the mobile operating system that Nokia designed and developed internally. It's used on all Nokia smartphones as well as phones from other manufacturers that pay licensing fees to Nokia.
But the world of mobile phone makers is looking worse and worse for companies like Nokia that actually charge for licensing costs. Android, Google's open-source platform, doesn't cost anything. Manufacturers don't have to pay anything for the software. It's a no-brainer.
Android is becoming the extremely overwhelming platform of choice for everyone except for Nokia and Apple, which of course have their own platforms, so among those that actually have to choose, they're choosing Android.
"Registration and certification of Symbian applications for the Samsung Apps store will cease from 08:00am on the 31st of December 2010," said the company in a statement.
Samsung makes an onslaught of mobile phones spanning dozens of cell phone carriers across the world. But it hasn't been until recently that it was able to create a killer phone. The Galaxy S series of high-end Samsung devices is gaining a lot of notoriety.