FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has announced that it will drop support for Symbian and Meego applications, despite having previously pledged to maintain support until 2016.
Nokia has informed Symbian and Meego developers than it will discontinue support for applications on both mobile operating systems from 1 January 2014. Previously, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop had said that the Finnish phone firm would continue to support the software until at least 2016.
Elop said in a statement at the time, "Even as we go through a transition to our primary smartphone platform, Windows Phone, you will see that continued investment and I know there have been questions about how long does that continue and we've now been very clear about that - that software updates to Symbian devices are expected until at least 2016."
However, since Microsoft bought the company's devices business it seems that the Finnish firm's priorities have changed, as Nokia has fully shifted its focus to Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system.
Nokia said in an email to developers obtained by Maemo.org, "If you have Symbian and Meego content in the Nokia Store, it will continue to be available for download to customers, and you will continue to receive download and revenue reports as well as payouts for downloaded content.
"However, starting January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and Meego."
This gives developers just three months to make final updates to their applications and, perhaps unsurprisingly, that news hasn't gone down well.
One user moaned on Twitter, "Don't dump your fans who turned down #Android just to buy #Symbian the last few years. Dumping the app store is slapping mud on us!"
Another user wrote, "This s definitely going to effect some of the people I know who still develop for Symbian in a bad way."
Nokia has since commented on the news, confirming that it is shifting its focus to Windows Phone and Asha. A spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "In 2014, following a review of developer and publisher content programs, Nokia will transition to focus all new developer efforts and investments on the growing momentum behind our Lumia and Asha families of devices.
"As a result, the Nokia Store will no longer accept new Symbian or Meego content, or updates to existing content, from 1 January 2014.
"All existing content will continue to be available for download and there are no changes to our previous commitment to continue providing platform maintenance support for both Symbian and Meego. µ
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