Unfortunately for Symbian and MeeGo users, they will now have to look for an alternative in the year 2014. As the New Year dawned, Nokia through its ‘Symbian Signed’ Twitter account announced to Symbian developers that they would no longer be able to update any existing MeeGo or Symbian apps, or publish new ones, on the Nokia Ovi Store.
However, developers will continue to receive revenue from their apps, as all currently available apps in the store will continue to be available for download.
The Symbian Signed team announced closure and bid goodbye to developers who have been faithful to the platform in a tweet on Thursday
Due to the competition from Android and iOS, Symbian apps are no longer a value proposition for Nokia. It’s indeed difficult to stay relevant when today’s consumer has far better options. So far, the Nokia’s Asha range is their biggest success in emerging markets.
Back in October, Nokia Corp had announced that it would stop accepting new applications or any updates of existing apps after 1st of January 2014. This announcement was made after Microsoft purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services division for 5.4 billion Euros. The decision was made to better focus on their Windows Phone devices and Asha range of phones.
With the growing business opportunities available on the Asha and Windows Phone platforms, we have been reviewing our developer content programs to see how we can maximize our support to you, our developers. As a result of this review, we have decided to focus our support and investment in new content toward Asha and Windows Phone.
Developers who are planning to stick to the platform may still be able to push updates to their apps according to the website ‘All About Symbian’. They can distribute self-signed app files by hosting it on their own server or by distributing an unsigned app file to users running custom firmware on modded devices.
What are your thoughts on the official closure of developer support for the Symbian and Meego platforms? Are you a loyal fan of these platforms or had you already made the shift to Android/iOS/Windows Phone and it does not really matter to you. Do let us know your thoughts by writing to us in the comments section provided below.