Samsung terminating developer support for Symbian

  • Mark

    Samsung made phones with Symbian? Who knew…

  • At least 20 different models including:

    Samsung GT-i8910 16GB / Omnia HD (July 2009)
    Samsung GT-i7110 (Nov. 2008)
    Samsung SGH-L870 (Aug 2008)
    Samsung SGH-i550w (Jun 2008)
    Samsung SGH-G810 (Mar 2008)
    Samsung SGH-i400 (Sept. 2007)
    Samsung SGH-D710 (Sept 2004)

    Samsung has also made PalmOS and Linux (pre-Android) smartphones.

  • Charlie

    If Symbian regains credibility in the next 6-9 months, Samsung will be back making Symbian^4 devices, as sure as eggs is eggs. if it can make money, Samsung will sell it – they'll sell any old sh1t if it can make money, they're really not that bothered about what it runs.

    Skipping Symbian^3 while maintaining an interest in Symbian Foundation is a pragmatic move for Samsung (and also SE) – they can return once the break from S^1 is complete and sales of S^3 are shown to be healthy.

    And if sales aren't healthy, they can continue to avoid.

  • Marc in Chicago

    Calling yourself, "Mobile Innovator," makes it sound like ye doth protest too much.

  • Rob Scott

    What happen to :open usually wins"?

    Symbian is failing and will probably have minority share in year or three. If you look at CPU Cycles and Data Transfer Windows (or Microsoft code in general) is also almost certainly losing share.

    This is what Microsoft wrote on its memo "Roadkill":

    ". The correct way to measure … our market share, is as a fraction of worldwide CPU cycles consumed by our products. "

    I is obvious to me that Apple share of CPU cycles has been increasing at an accelerating rate. Think iPods, iPhones, iPads, Macs, they all run Apple designed OSes.

    It is no longer enough to dominate one industry and miss the rest like what happened with Symbian and Windows.

    • Famousringo

      " The correct way to measure … our market share, is as a fraction of worldwide CPU cycles consumed by our products. ”

      What a flawed mindset. So a $600 desktop with a Core 2 Duo processor is several times more valuable than a $600 smartphone with a Snapdragon?

      No. They both earn the same hardware revenue, and they both come with a single OS license. Assigning one customer priority over another like that opens the door to get disrupted.

  • Gandhi

    And then there was one.

    Anyone of any significance besides Nokia still married to Symbian?

    • Shaun

      In the Japanese market, yes but not really outside Japan.

  • Shaun

    'Symbian Support' is also a bit of a chuckle for Samsung as they tended to release a device with flawed firmware and then never update it. The i8910 was quite decent hardware but with truly awful bloatware infested firmware only fixed by third party hackers.

    The problem with Symbian for SE and Samsung is that they were up against Nokia who had their Ovi services. SE and Samsung have nothing to compete there so why on earth would you buy an SE or Samsung Symbian phone when you get more with a Nokia and usually for less.

    With Android they can licence Google's services. Nokia haven't licenced Ovi to anyone AFAIK.

    • Charlie

      "With Android they can licence Google’s services."

      Yep, and now SE and Samsung can compete with a multitude of "me-too" low-cost Chinese manufacturers, all of them offering a near identical Android experience using Google services.

      When it comes down to it, they're just box shifters: SE, Samsung, ZTE, Huawie and dozens of others – good luck to them all. If they won't/can't put the effort into creating a unique software product then they deserve to be eaten alive with all the other bottom feeders.

      Once the increased Chinese competition permanently drives down Android prices, Samsung and SE may well come to reverse their decision when Symbian^4 is released. If they don't then certainly I think that SE will be finished in this game before long (unless they launch a combined PSP/Android device).

      • Shaun

        SE adding a PSP service wold be a significant selling point as would a decent music service. It staggers me that one of the world's largest music companies is getting their arse handed to them on a plate by Apple and even Nokia.

        Samsung on the other hand are intellectually devoid.

      • It should not surprise that Sony is being disrupted in music.

      • Charlie

        And don't forget cameras – there are some mighty Android based camera phones coming with 14MP/3x optical zoom and face and smile detection[1], also a Panasonic Lumix Android device..

        Sony could clean up with Android devices that are great digital still cameras, PSP gaming machines or awesome music playback devices.

        Chances are though that they will offer none of these killer features while they seek to protect their existing product lines, and will simply lose out to other phone manufacturers that are able or willing to innovate at the hardware level.