Samsung is discontinuing its Symbian support service from December 31st 2010. Symbian development lab and Symbian forum will be shut down and ALL Symbian content removed from their servers.
An excerpt from the announcement to developers:
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. 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.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and interest. Please refer to Symbian.org for alternative Symbian development forums.
This is much more severe than Sony Ericsson’s position. Samsung is making a total break from Symbian, and not mincing words about it. For whatever reason that Nokia spent all that money to acquire Symbian and setup The Symbian Foundation not too long ago, they shouldn’t have bothered. Looks like its going to be abandoned by everyone else anyway. The money spent looks like a big waste.
Still, I find it odd that all support is being withdrawn. I can imagine the anger and disappointment of Samsung’s loyal customers who purchased some of the high-end Symbian devices that Samsung made. Are these consumers being left out in the cold?
Not that Samsung really supported a top-end device like the GT-i8910 which was plagued with numerous issues from the word Go. They released the device and almost immediately abandoned it.