Many people weren’t surprised when Nokia announced it would be taking over development of the Symbian operating system, dedicating its own resources to furthering the functionality of the software whilst the Symbian Foundation solely concentrated on licensing the platform.
On its wiki, the Symbian Foundation has announced that its websites will shut down on December 17, making available the source code, kits, bug database and reference documentation available for developers upon request.
The Symbian Foundation lists the various websites that will close:
- www.symbian.org, www.symbian.org/cn, www.symbian.org/jp
- developer.symbian.org, developer.symbian.org/cn, developer.symbian.org/jp, kernel.symbian.org
- blog.symbian.org, blogcn.symbian.org, blogjp.symbian.org
Symbian’s social media presence will likely close, with its Twitter (@symbian) and Facebook page disappearing.
Due to the size of the data available, Symbian has imposed a slight delay on the availability of its documentation and code, all of which will be obtainable on January 31 via USB key or DVD for a small fee.
Symbian fans needn’t worry, the closing of the Symbian portals doesn’t signal the end of the OS, just a new phase in its much debated development.