After Nokia’s adoption of Windows Mobile 7 as their primary OS, will this result in the end of S40 based phones? Will they ever manufacture any non-smartphone in the future after the death of Symbian?
Here's what a news item dated March says -
Still the company promised that it won't be
dropping the Symbian^3 support immediately even if their first devices
with the Microsoft turn out to be a huge success. Nokia says that it
will be offering some support until the natural lifecycle of the
Symbian^3 smartphones has ended in an attempt to convince users to
switch to the WP7 after that.
On some markets such as China, India, Russia and Turkey, the
Symbian^3 smartphone platform will continue to be marketed alongside
Windows Phone 7.[Source]Nokia has also managed to form an agreement with Accenture,
which as an outsourcing program will do the job of developing Symbian
based software and also provide support services to Nokia through 2016.But all in all, it does represent a major shift in focus and that's not a great sign in terms of the highly competitive mobile market.
Still do Nokia will decline S40 based phones too after a certain time period?