Symbian

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: E3, The Death Of Symbian, And WWDC

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: E3, The Death Of Symbian, And WWDC

    It was a big week in gadgets, and thus, a big TC Gadgets podcast it shall be. This week, we discuss developments at E3, including Xbox One and PS4 pricing, the death of Nokia’s Symbian OS, and of course, WWDC. Will you buy a PS4 or an Xbox One? Does despair fill you from nose to navel when you remember the good old days of Symbian? Is the new iOS 7 design repelling, attractive, or… Read More

  • A Look Back On Symbian On The Eve Of Its Demise

    A Look Back On Symbian On The Eve Of Its Demise

    This summer the veteran Symbian platform, which started life back when handhelds weren’t phones but PDAs, will quietly pass into development history. Or at least its primary supporter over the years — Nokia — will cease producing any new handsets running the OS. So what better time to take a look back at the platform that powered so many devices and dominated the mobile… Read More

  • Android Accounted For 79% Of All Mobile Malware In 2012, 96% In Q4 Alone, Says F-Secure

    Android Accounted For 79% Of All Mobile Malware In 2012, 96% In Q4 Alone, Says F-Secure

    Is it because Android is the most popular smartphone platform in the world right now, or is it because it’s just fundamentally easier to attack? In any case, Google’s mobile juggernaut Android continues to be the world’s biggest magnet for mobile malware. According to a report out today from security specialists F-Secure, Android accounted for 79% of all malware in 2012, up… Read More

  • Nokia Confirms The PureView Was Officially The Last Symbian Phone

    Nokia Confirms The PureView Was Officially The Last Symbian Phone

    Symbian is now officially dead, Nokia confirmed today. In the company’s earnings announcement that came out a little while ago, Nokia confirmed that the 808 PureView, released last year, was the very last device that the company would make on the Symbian platform: “During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” the… Read More

  • See Ya, Symbian: Q4 Was The “Last Meaningful Quarter For Symbian Sales” Says Nokia

    See Ya, Symbian: Q4 Was The “Last Meaningful Quarter For Symbian Sales” Says Nokia

    Nokia is slowly turning around its ailing mobile handset business and today that effort had a nice fillip, by way of some revised figures in which it “exceeded expectations” for Q4 sales. Within that, Nokia says that in Q4 it sold 4.4 million Lumia devices — exactly twice as many units as those of its once-mighty Symbian platform, which sold 2.2 million. Read More

  • Viber Adds Support For S40, Symbian And Bada After Hitting 100M Users

    Viber Adds Support For S40, Symbian And Bada After Hitting 100M Users

    Viber has essentially been a smash hit right from its conception. The company hit 50 million registered users in February of last year, extending that to 70 million by May. But today marks one of the company’s greatest milestones: Viber has just surpassed 100 million registered users. To celebrate, and continue to fuel that momentum, Viber is releasing new features and various… Read More

  • Symbian Gets Productivity Power-Up With New Microsoft Office Mobile Apps

    Symbian Gets Productivity Power-Up With New Microsoft Office Mobile Apps

    The most notable fruit of Microsoft and Nokia’s close working relationship is certainly the handsome line of Lumia Windows Phones, but the deal has had its share of fringe benefits as well. Take its impact on Symbian for instance — Microsoft announced last September that they would be giving the platform a shot in the arm with the initially Windows Phone-only Office… Read More

  • Update: Analyst: No Angry Birds Space On WP7 Affects Nokia Recovery (Rovio Says It’s Working On It)

    Update: Analyst: No Angry Birds Space On WP7 Affects Nokia Recovery (Rovio Says It’s Working On It)

    Update: The CEO of Rovio, Mikael Hed, has dismissed reports that the company is not developing its latest Angry Birds game for the Windows Phone platform. “We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7,” he told Reuters. Original post follows below. Yesterday, the day that Rovio launched its newest game, Angry Birds Space, it also said it has no plans to develop the game… Read More

  • Windows Phone Inches Past Near-Dead Symbian In U.K. Market Share

    Windows Phone Inches Past Near-Dead Symbian In U.K. Market Share

    Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform seems to be picking up some steam across the pond, or so a new report from Kantar Worldpanel claims. According to their study, Symbian now only accounts for 2.4% of the UK smartphone market while the Windows Phone platform has grown from 0.5% last year to around 2.5%, barely inching ahead of Nokia’s former smartphone OS of choice. I know, a… Read More

  • Nokia Announces The 808 PureView And Its 41MP Camera, We Go Hands-On

    Nokia Announces The 808 PureView And Its 41MP Camera, We Go Hands-On

    I think it’s safe to say that the new 808 Pureview handset was a surprise to just about everyone here at Nokia’s press conference. Not only did Nokia manage to squeeze a 41-megapixel sensor (no, that’s not a typo) into a smartphone, they squeezed it into a smartphone that runs on the Symbian Belle OS. But first, let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. Ridiculous… Read More

  • Android Beats iOS In European Smartphone Market Share, Still Behind Symbian

    Android Beats iOS In European Smartphone Market Share, Still Behind Symbian

    Europe is growing quite fond of Google’s Android operating system, according to market research firm ComScore. Android devices now account for nearly a quarter of all the smartphones used in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK — a dramatic jump over the Google OS’s performance last year. In July 2010, Android only accounted for 6% of the smartphones used in those… Read More

  • Nokia’s Symbian Belle Teaser Gives Us Exact Arrival Date, Fails To Tease

    Nokia’s Symbian Belle Teaser Gives Us Exact Arrival Date, Fails To Tease

    Teasers are tricky. Companies have to find a way to get you excited about something without telling you what that something is, which can be difficult. It’s especially difficult to keep the secret product under wraps when the teaser file is named after the product. That said, Nokia’s Symbian Belle teaser is now more of an announcement than anything else, and we now know the… Read More

  • LOOX F-07C: Fujitsu's Symbian/Windows 7 Dual Boot Cell Phone Unveiled

    It turns out the leak we blogged last month is true: Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo today officially introduced the Fujitsu LOOX F-07C as part of its summer line-up, and the device actually does dual-boot to Symbian and Windows 7 OS (not Windows Phone). Hardware-wise, the LOOX is pretty interesting, too. Read More

  • Is Fujitsu Prepping A Symbian/Windows 7 Dual Boot Cell Phone?

    Take this with a grain of salt: Japanese tech blog Juggly is reporting [JP] that Fujitsu is working on a cell phone with both the Symbian and Windows 7 OS (not Windows Phone) on board. According to the article, the handset will be released by Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo as part of its summer line up. Read More

  • Parrot AR.Drone Works With Nokia N8, C7, and E7

    It’s been a long time coming, but the four people who own Nokia N8s, C7s, and E7s can now play with the AR.Drone from the comfort of their phones using Parrot’s AR.Remote software for Symbian. Read More

  • Major software and hardware overhauls coming to Symbian/Nokia devices in 2011

    It’s not really news to anyone reading this blog that Nokia have kinda fallen behind in the smartphone race. That isn’t to say that they won’t catch up again, but as far as ranking devices on compelling user experiences goes, Nokia aren’t leading the pack. Well, it’s good to know that they’re trying to change all that, with Nokia senior manager Gunther… Read More

  • StatCounter: BlackBerry Trumps iOS In U.S. Mobile Web Wars For The First Time

    Web analytics company StatCounter has a knack for pushing attention-grabbing press releases based on data collected by its research arm, StatCounter Global Stats. This time, the company claims BlackBerry has overtaken Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile Internet usage for the first time in the United States in November (see chart below). Based on aggregate data that the company says it… Read More

  • Symbian Sputters Towards Open-Source Irrelevancy

    Remember two years ago when Nokia open-sourced the Symbian mobile operating system? The thinking was that cell phone manufacturers who depended on the Symbian OS could help keep it going. But it was already too late. The iPhone’s iOS and Android started to take over. Even die-hard Symbian supporters abandoned ship. As the fanboy blogger Symbian Guru explained last summer when he… Read More

  • Symbian Foundation to shut down all their websites

    Nokia announced earlier in the month that they’d be taking over the development side of Symbian, and that the Symbian Foundation will make the transition to a licensing operation. Well, the next stage of the transition was announced via their Wiki recently, and involves closing the virtual doors on all of the Symbian Foundation’s websites come December 17th. That’s right… Read More

  • Smartphone Sales In Asia On The Rise, Android Tops Symbian

    We can’t say we’re really surprised: according to market research company Gfk, smartphones are getting increasing popular in Asia, with Android now being the region’s most popular OS for this type of handsets. Cell phones with the Google software on board have reportedly enjoyed brisk sales in that region in the second and third quarters of 2010. Read More

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