Sony-Ericsson has recently announced it will give up on Symbian for its smartphone devices, leaving Nokia waving the Symbian flag almost by itself.
The WSJ has reported that Sony-Ericsson has dropped Symbian for now, shed its UIQ origins and will now move onto newer, greener, pastures such as Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.
The hammering of nails into the Symbian coffin becomes more ominous by the day. The fact that Nokia bought the whole kit and caboodle in order to open up the code (established by the Symbian Foundation) and attract handset makers, has done little to stop the exodus of developers to Google Android and the pocket-lining incentives of Windows Phone 7.
The reversal on Sony-Ericsson's side comes as Symbian loses market share to iOS, Android and WP7, by the day.
Sony-Ericsson did take the time to pat Nokia on the back and stated that Symbian could remain a big name in smartphones if only some new features were pushed into it. One would ask why it has taken so long for Nokia to rethink the Symbian OS and why, it seems, has Symbian been limited by Nokia's own less-than-shiny success in the current smartphone market.
The Symbian Foundation has pushed Symbian^3 out the door, and it actually shows a lot of promise, but the timing is terrible as huge product launches from Android, Windows Phone 7 and Apple are currently hoovering up media headlines like mad.
This might actually turn out to be a bigger win for Windows Phone 7 than Android, but will always be seen as a major Symbian loss as Sony-Ericsson was its second biggest adopter.
Nokia will have to take a personal stake in pushing Symbian, one that Nokia's new CEO might not see as financially attractive or even manageable. On the other hand it might just give Nokia the wake-up call it needs to jump to it.