With the Android wave hitting the shores of so many countries worldwide, it is easy to say that the same goes for Nigeria but that is not true. Symbian, the former number OS still exists in almost all it’s form factors in Nigeria.
Each time i am in transit, i always see on an average about two Symbian devices and on the streets the numbers triple. We may have all the Fanboy arguments about Lumias and Pureviews and JellyBean but the truth is that the supposed “dead” OS still acts as the daily driver for thousands of Nigerians.
I used to use a Symbian powered Nokia 5230 about two years ago and i must tell you that as my first smartphone it performed it’s job very well. I even used to flash custom ROMs onto it and edit the appearance to look like the just announced Symbian ^3 devices of those days.
Today i still see Symbian devices as old as the Nokia N70 in the hands of people and they are very satisfied with it. Upon how popular Android is, i can attempt to count the amount of times that i have seen it in public.
Symbian devices permeate virtually all works of life in Nigeria. The Nokia 808 Pureview that was recently launched in Lagos is perhaps the last hurrah for new Symbian models in Nigeria but know that existing Symbian devices are everywhere!