Nokia To Continue Its Support For Symbian

Nokia has claimed that it will continue to sell and support Symbian based smartphones and feature phones long after it launches its Windows Phone based smartphone.

In an open letter to Symbian developers, Purnima Kochikar, Vice President of Forum Nokia, said that even though Windows Phone 7 will be the primary platform for Nokia, Symbian will continue to deliver great value to the company.

Nokia said that it was planning to strategically invest in Symbian which would allow it to 'engage and attract' new and existing Symbian customers.

Kochikar said that the company had a strong portfolio of Symbian products to offer between 2011 and 2012, as the company transitions to the Windows Phone 7 platform. The company is planning to overhaul its Symbian portfolio with updated hardware and software.

On the hardware front, Nokia will introduce devices with GHz+ processing capabilities and faster graphics speeds, while the Symbian software will receive a major update in the summer, which will bring a new home screen, new widgets, a fast web browser, new icons and updated Ovi Store and Ovi Maps.

“You may have seen some of these updates in the latest product we launched at CTIA Wireless this year, the Nokia C7 Astound. Those plus the rest of the enhancements will be delivered to all users over the air in a simple update available from the Home Screen, and Nokia Astound users will receive the remaining enhancements not already in their device at the same time,” Kochikar said.