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Nokia Store withdraws support for Symbian and MeeGo apps

Nokia is reading the last rites to its Symbian and MeeGo app store ahead of the total shutdown when Microsoft completes its takeover in the coming months.

The Finnish firm officially shut off Symbian developers’ chance to make changes to existing Symbian and MeeGo apps or upload new ones to the Nokia Store, according to ZDNet.

“That was it; we are officially closed. Thank you all for the past years!” read a Tweet from Symbian Signed, the team that assists developers in signing update files for apps that have been downloaded from the Nokia Store.

Apps can still be downloaded in the current state but if any problems or bugs are discovered the developers will not be able to repair them using the Nokia Store.

Developers do still have a few options should they want to continue updating apps, according to All About Symbian, including updating and then offering self-signed app files through servers or distributing unsigned files to Nokia devices running custom firmware.

The problem with this approach is that Nokia device owners will have to manually look for updates as the Nokia Store will no longer automatically inform them when an update has become available.

Nokia first announced the impending demise of Symbian back in its Q4 2012 earnings call when it stated that it would be focusing its efforts on building devices solely for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform.

The final Symbian device released was 2012’s Nokia 808 PureView phone and brough the curtain down on an OS that debuted in 1998. It was the most used mobile platform up until as recently as 2010 and in 2006 boasted as much as 73 per cent of the early smartphone market.

MeeGo, meanwhile, powered just one smartphone, the Nokia N9, and was eventually revived by a group of former Nokia employees and MeeGo developers to form the Sailfish OS that powers the Jolla smartphone.