Nokia Promises Symbian Updates Until 2016

Rue Liu - May 26, 2011, 3:11pm CDT
Nokia Promises Symbian Updates Until 2016

Although Nokia is switching platforms to the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango for its new lineup, it won’t completely ditch its Symbian followers. In a recent interview with Nokia Conversations blog, China Edition, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop not only reiterated that the company will continue to support Symbian for a period of time, but that it would do so until at least 2016.

“We are in a period where the investment in Symbian absolutely continues,” said Elop in the interview. ” Even as we go through a transition to our primary smartphone platform, Windows Phone, you will see 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.”

This should reassure folks who are interested but hesitant to pick up Symbian-based Nokia smartphones, including the Nokia X7, and the uber luxurious Nokia Oro—which Elop says he personally carries. With this timeframe, most current owners of Symbian-based phones will have upgraded to a different platform by the time support phases out.

[via AllAboutSymbian]

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