updated 04:35 pm EDT, Fri October 1, 2010
Samsung officially quits Symbian
Samsung through a brief message for developers warned that it was dropping support for Symbian work before the end of 2011 in a sign of larger trouble for Symbian. Development labs, forums and reference content will be pulled by the morning of December 31. Samsung will also stop certifying Symbian apps by the same day and leave companies with no option but to use other forums or switch platforms.
The company hasn't officially stopped producing smartphones using the OS but recently admitted there wasn't much interest in Symbian. Most of its attention in 2010 has been placed almost exclusively on Android where Symbian has been non-existent, Windows Mobile has been downplayed and its self-made Bada platform is still on just a small number of devices.
Backtracking from Symbian leaves the OS virtually stranded in the mobile industry. Sony Ericsson has already dropped its own plans, leaving only Nokia as a significant customer for the platform. Nokia itself has also been distancing itself from Symbian at the high end and is switching to MeeGo for its Nseries phones.
Symbian is modernizing significantly with Symbian^3, which finally supports multi-touch and other more recent smartphone features, but until now has been criticized for an unintuitive interface and lacking more common features like a modern web browser and advanced media support. Many of Symbian's one-time loyal partners had already scaled back many of their plans as continuing to use the platform hurt their performance relative to the iPhone and even the BlackBerry. Android so far has been the only major, cross-manufacturer mobile OS to challenge the closed but integrated Apple and RIM platforms.