Goodbye Samsung Symbian!

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Samsung just announced the riddance of Symbian OS from their shelves. In an email, they informed all sellers and developers that by the end of this year Samsung will cease support for Symbian and shut down Symbian websites and application services.

Considering that Samsung has already hands full with Android, its own bada OS and Windows Phone 7 possibly coming this October, it seems a wise decision to get rid of the additional burden of Symbian. It’s been a difficult child anyway as its success is quite questionable.

We’ll have to wait and see where Samsung is steering mobile-Os-wise, if they are going to further promote bada or stick with Android and WP7 in future for their high-tier handsets.

Official email notification with termination schedule:

Termination of Symbian Application Registration Service

Dear Seller,

We would like to inform you that Symbian Application Registration Service will be terminated as of December 31, 2010.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of you who have used the Symbian service. Please refer to the following service termination schedule to avoid any inconvenience that it might bring:

Service termination schedule
– December 31, 2010: Registration for new Symbian applications will be
suspended
– December 31, 2010: Approval process of Symbian applications will be suspended
Only applications registered by December 30 will be subject
to approval process.
Re-evaluation will not be possible if the application is
rejected.
– December 31, 2010: Samsung Mobile Innovator Tech Support will be suspended
– Scheduled in March, 2011: Samsung Apps Symbian will be suspended

We appreciate your patience for limitations on new registration and approval process for Symbian Applications during the termination period.
We will try our best to provide better service in return.
Thank you.

Sincerely,
Samsung Apps Seller Office Team

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