Nokia Delays Symbian 3

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-04-22 Print this article Print

Nokia says it has delayed the release of the Symbian 3 mobile operating system on its smartphones for quality reasons.

Nokia has reportedly delayed the release of the Symbian 3 smartphone operating system on its phones and mobile devices due to quality issues.

Nokia said it held back Symbian 3 "because it fell short of internal quality guidelines," MarketWatch said April 22.

In a news release about its first-quarter financial results, Nokia said:

"Nokia is planning to deliver a family of smartphones based on the Symbian 3 software platform that is targeted to offer a clearly improved user experience, a high standard of quality, and competitive value to consumers. We plan to launch the first smartphone based on Symbian 3 during the second quarter 2010, with shipments expected during the third quarter 2010."

The Symbian Foundation touted its completion of the process of open-sourcing the Symbian OS in February. "The Symbian Platform ... has been developed over 10 years and has shipped in more than 330 million devices around the world," the foundation said Feb. 4.

However, according to MarketWatch, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said during a conference call after the company's first-quarter results were announced: "We will not ship the product before the quality meets the end user's needs and demands." 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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