Samsung kills off Symbian support

Samsung has announced that it’s killing off support for Symbian.

The company released a quick announcement, which was also sent to registered developers by email, stating that the death bell will sound for its Symbian support service on the 31st of December.

It said it will also be closing its forums in the months before that and registration of Symbian applications for the Samsung Apps store will cease at the end of the year.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard. Last year rumours surfaced that the company was planning a Symbian shut-down, but the PR machine kicked into action and outright denied it.

There was something fishy going on. Soon after the rumours came the manufacturer announced Bada, its own smartphone/featurephone platform, and hasn’t come out with a Symbian phone since.

And Samsung isn’t the only one burying the technology – with Sony Ericsson last week claiming it had “no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system”.

Nokia created the Symbian Foundation in 2008 to manage Symbian, and it planned an open source version of the Symbian mobile phone operating system. There were many challenges in releasing an open source version of what was a proprietary operating system, but in February the Foundation was able to announce that the open source code version was available. Symbian woes continue.