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No New Nokia Symbian and Meego Apps Allowed from 2014

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Nokia sent an e-mail to all developers stating that it will no longer support neither new Symbian nor Meego applications from January 1st 2014.

If you, as a developer, have planned to release or update your application in January, your work will not be rewarded. Advising with 3 months in advance is surely not developer-friendly as Symbian and Meego apps may take time to develop.

Symbian and Meego End

Why is the end of Symbian and Meego Apps controversial?

Before being purchased by Microsoft, Nokia stated that it would officially support Symbian until 2016 – this is a promise that will not be kept. As developers will no longer be able to publish more applications or update their current ones, the apps will be obsolete and developers won’t have incentive to correct bugs leading therefore to the absence of the so-called support from Nokia.

Reason behind the foreclosure of Symbian and Meego Apps

According to an email Nokia sent to all developers, Symbian will go down as Asha and Windows Phone  are getting more attention from the users.

Dear Nokia Developer,

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. Over the next few months we will be transitioning our active developer support away from Symbian and MeeGo.

If you have Symbian and MeeGo content in the Nokia Store, it will continue to be available for download to customers, and you will continue to receive download and revenue reports as well as payouts for downloaded content. However, starting January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo.

We are very excited about the opportunities available with Asha and Windows Phone, and hope that you will bring your talents to these platforms. We believe that these changes will help improve our ability to support you as you develop fantastic apps for your customers.

Source: All About Symbian

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By , Financial Director and Correspondent on Oct 10th, 2013 GMT +2

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