Nokia likes to remind us that Symbian is the most popular Smartphone OS on the planet, but let’s face it, they aren’t fooling anyone. The open source operating system has been growing increasingly irrelevant in a post iPhone / Android world, and today the very foundation that was designed to protect the Symbian ecosystem is dealing what many would consider a death blow.
Starting on December 17th the Symbian Foundation will be shutting down all their websites which include access to the source code, bug fixes, and documentation for the OS. This effectively puts control of Symbian’s fate back in the hands of Nokia, which if history repeats itself probably isn’t a good thing considering every other major manufacturer has abandoned it.
Symbian will remain an open platform which means technically anyone could host the code and documentation if they wanted to, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. We’ll let you know if we find anymore nails to drive into the coffin in the coming months.