Symbian – the dominant smart phone operating system, is on its way out, and it seems that everyone but Nokia realizes this. We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system,Aldo Liguori, a spokesman for Sony Ericsson informed Bloomberg.
The revelation isn’t really surprising, given that Sony Ericsson has been investing heavily in the Android platform. Its current flagship device – the Xperia X10, as well as other smartphones like the Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Xperia X8 all run on Android. Multimedia oriented Satio and Vivaz are the only high end handsets from Sony Ericsson that are powered by Symbian.
While Android will remain the main focus of Sony Ericsson, it will also launch Windows Phone 7 powered handsets. Speaking to a Swedish news outlet, Sony Ericsson’s CTO, Jan Uddenfeldt said, Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, although it had a bit slow to take off. But Windows 7 Phone is on the roadmap. However, we have at present no plans for new products with Symbian.
The move to drop Symbian and focus on Android is a smart one, since Sony Ericsson has been struggling to keep up with Google’s rapid release cycle. It is one of the few handset manufacturers that is yet to ship Android 2.1, which was released last year.
With Sony Ericsson pulling out, Nokia is now the only major manufacturer that will continue using Symbian on high-end devices. Nevertheless, the Finnish giant is also likely to adopt Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 smart phone OS.