Symbian To Die As Samsung Abandons Platform?

After Sony Ericsson, Samsung has now decided to leave the Symbian boat and focus exclusively on its Bada OS, Windows Phone 7 and Google Android OS; this means that only Nokia in the top 7 handset manufacturers worldwide will build Symbian handsets.

LG's Scott Ahn, head of the South Korean firm's mobile business unit, has already confirmed earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain that the Korean giant would focus on Windows Phone and Android OS, shunning other handset platforms.

Motorola has already ditched Symbian back in October 2008 and in the wake of this announcement, pink-slipped 3,000 employees. It has since focused on Android OS only although it has said in the past that it **may** sell Windows Phone 7 devices depending on how successful it is.

The other major handset companies - Research in Motion, HTC, Apple - either have their own proprietary OSes or use Android and Windows Phone 7. Oddly enough, the Symbian foundation still lists Samsung and Sony Ericsson as being board members for the not-for-profit organisation.

With the very official announcement by Nokia and Intel that they are collaborating on a new operating system that merges Moblin and Maemo (into Meego) and pushes Symbian into the realm of feature/dumb phones, surely this marks the slow decline of the platform.

That said, it is still a powerful beast with three Symbian handsets being shipped every second between the 1st of April and the 30th of June or 27 million over that period according to analyst firm Canalys.