Nokia will ship its last Symbian OS-powered handsets this summer before devoting its smartphone production to Windows devices, The Financial Times reports.
The Finish smartphone maker has a long history with Symbian, an open-source mobile software that was the most popular smartphone OS in the world on average until it was surpassed by Android in 2010. Nokia’s Windows Phone shipments only recently eclipsed Symbian shipments in Q4 2012, and the company only shipped 500,000 units in Q1 of this year.
The company’s continued shift towards Windows Phone has been a source of criticism for many who blame Microsoft for Nokia’ sales problems, but a Nokia representative noted that the move has helped speed up its product cycle:
“It took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year. We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference, such as around photography, maps, music and apps in general.”
In the past seven months, the company has released seven new Windows Phones, and with Nokia EOS rumors swirling the company is clearly committed to Microsoft’s mobile platform.