Samsung has already informed its registered developers that the company will discontinue support for Symbian, effective Dec. 31 at exactly 1am.
The Korean innovator will initially shutdown the Symbian Lab.dev on Oct. 29, he they will also shutdoewn the Symbian forum and remove all of its content by the end of the year.
“We recommend posting any new discussion board queries no later than the 10th of December 2010 to ensure your issue can be addressed prior to the Forum’s closure,” Samsung wrote on its developer site. “Please take this opportunity to download any required documentation before all content is removed. Registration and certification of Symbian applications for the Samsung Apps store will cease from 08:00am on the 31st of December 2010.”
Samsung, the world’s second largest phone maker, will venture exclusively on its Bada OS, Windows Phone 7, and Google Android OS.
Earlier this year, LG’s Scott Ahn, head of the South Korean firm’s mobile business unit, confirmed Spain that the Korean giant would focus on Windows Phone and Android OS during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.
Recently Sony Ericson drops the Symbian OS and in Oct 2008 Motorola also ditched the OS. In June, Nokia also ditched Symbian in favor of MeeGo.
Fact that Symbian failed to capture the US market, but the open source OS still has the largest device OS market share.
Though it is not very popular in the U.S., Symbian still has the largest mobile device OS market share. According to IDC recent report, Symbian will have 40.1 percent of the market in 2010, with the BlackBerry OS a distant second at 17.9 percent.