Symbian Is on Uncertain Ground

by Stuart Carlaw

You don’t have to be following the handset market closely to see that Symbian is in trouble. The writing has been on the wall for a number of years and unfortunately Nokia’s brave intervention may prove too late to turn the ship from its collision course. Just to put this into context, I remember being sat down during a meeting with Symbian at CTIA Wireless 2007 in Orlando and told by a Symbian Executive (who shall remain nameless) that the 70% plus market share of the smartphone market they enjoyed was more than sustainable long term despite our predictions of sub 50%, which were laughed off as ridiculous. So what has caused this downturn in fortunes for Symbian?

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