Symbian – The Beast That Has Refused To Die

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StatCounter mobile web Browsing Statistics

StatCounter is a global web monitoring service which tracks the browsers and OS used to access those websites on which its codes/scripts are embedded.

The statistics from StatCounter show that Symbian is still top dog in mobile web browsing, with a comfortable lead over others.

Yes; this is only StatCounter statistics. Still, note that StatCounter are not small players in this field. As at 1 June 2010, StatCounter tracking code was installed on more than 3 million sites globally.

It is interesting to see that inspite of the claims by many that the Symbian browser is “crappy” and that Symbian is either “dead” or “dying”, this old dog still holds its own.

Of course, partly responsible for this is Symbian’s huge installed base.

In response to this news, someone said, “Symbian is a beast. It just will not die!” Perhaps. Perhaps not. But the message is clear: this dude is no pushover.

Pronounced burning by its own CEO. Maligned on all sides by bloggers. Ignored by carriers/network operators. Outsourced to foster parents.

Still, Symbian has refused to die. The plucky devil’s still got some spunk!

At the moment, we have a Nokia Belle smartphone in the house here for review at Mobility Towers. So far, I have been impressed. I actually prefer a number of things about it to my N9.

Perhaps, just perhaps, Belle may still have a future if Nokia so chooses to reverse its position on this “burning platform”.

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27 comments

  1. My people say that the leaves of a tree (a giant tree in this case) do not dry up the moment it moment it is felled. It takes a finite time for the leaves to start wilting gradually and finally dry up.

    People are not likely going to drop their phones because of the burning platform announcement. There are new Symbian phones coming out and those already in the market and people are still going to buy them. We still have a lot of Symbian adherents and of course those that are gullible or ignorant and with the paranoia of resource inefficiency and data gluttony being bandied about, you certainly would find people willing to go the Symbian way for some time to come.

    Where you understand how much hit Symbian has taken is in the number of new devices being shipped as compared to other platforms when you also consider Symbian former leadership position.

  2. My people say that the leaves of a tree (a giant tree in this case) do not dry up the moment it is felled. It takes a finite time for the leaves to start wilting gradually and finally dry up

    Your people spoke well.

    But – how about the banana tree?

    You assume wrongly that whenever a tree falls (or is felled), that is a precursor to its eventual death. Not ALWAYS.

    Have you heard of regeneration? Reincarnation? Spiritual rebirth? Yes?

    Never knew Harry is a synonym to ‘Thomas’. Do not doubt so much! Reexamine your belief system!

    While Symbian is not likely to ever be Number 1 again, the truth is that it will NEVER die until / unless the Architects decide to kill it

    Compare the newGen Anna/Belle with your Android- and you see that Symbian is nothing to sneeze at. The Android ‘edge’ are all cosmetic, not deep.

    Yes- Symbian will EVENTUALLY be KILLed DEAD- unless Elop repents.

    But Nokia’s Elop is not beyond experiencing a spiritual epiphany!!

    I believe in miracles-especially the modern_day times. And so should you, sir!

  3. Don’t know why all the fuss. i used an android (sony ericsson xperia X10 mini pro) for 3months and minus the touch screen interface (and other physical features) which i didnt really like, software wise the phone was a pain in d ass as it had to be over customized with as much as 8 apps to work to my taste. And Even at that i hated all d free call log & call recorder apps available just to mention a few.

    Have since traded it in for Nokia E6 (running symbian Anna) which i use (with very minimal customization…only installed 4 apps so far) along side my trusted old Nokia E63. I’m still very much satisfied with symbian thank you.

  4. Trae_z,

    You used an Android device, disliked it, and replaced it with a Symbian phone? Shock! Horror!!

    According to Harry Echemco, you are either ignorant, gullible or paranoid.

    I really feel sorry for you. Tehehehe…

    PS: Don’t quote me o. And don’t hate me, the messenger. Hate the sender, Harry.

  5. According to Harry Echemco, you are either ignorant, gullible or paranoid.

    This is a MOMENTOUS revelation.

    Never knew Mr. Mobility is that good @ knocking heads together-and then DUCKing!

    Thankfully, there are (Deola)-Doctors in the house to reattach DECAPITATED necks, spilled blood and broken heads!

  6. @Eye.bee.kay

    You assume wrongly that whenever a tree falls (or is felled) , that is a precursor to its eventual death . Not ALWAYS .

    Have you heard of regeneration? Reincarnation ? Spiritual rebirth ? Yes?

    That is not an assumption sir, it is a general knowledge. When a tree is cut down, the natural thing is for it to die eventually though there rare cases where regeneration could occur.

    Reincarnation? Spiritual rebirth? I have know doubt in my mind that those are very much the case in your heart. But you should know that such things are immaterial and simply remain subjective. I’m sure that even when Symbian is dead tomorrow and you’ve jumped to Android, Symbian will still be alive in your heart.

    @trae_z

    Don’ t know why all the fuss . i used an android (sony ericsson xperia X 10 mini pro) for 3 months and minus the touch screen interface (and other physical features ) which i didnt really like , software wise the phone was a pain in d ass as it had to be over customized with as much as 8 apps to work to my taste. And Even at that i hated all d free call log & call recorder apps available just to mention a few.

    Interesting really. Probably you are the new true Symbian adherent. If it not like Symbian, it is not good enough. Funnily the one I’ve always recognized as a true Symbian faithful – Eye.bee.kay – is busy customizing his own Symbian to make it come as close to Android as possible with apps in excess of 20.

    What you did is probably akin to buying a modern automatic vehicle and then converting it to manual and removing all those gadgets that make life enjoyable like A/C etc.

    @Mr. Mobility

    According to Harry Echemco , you are either ignorant, gullible or paranoid.

    With some luck, he can also be a Symbian adherent.

  7. Harry Echemco you read me wrong.

    Anyways i think all this talk would be less heated if you guys all got a laptop along side your mobile phones. It’s like knocking heads over power bike features when a car would solve a lot of your needs.

  8. Hilarious.

    Anyway, my best browsing is on Laptop, but its unfortunate i cant carry it everywhere I go. Oh I can, but I choose not to.

  9. A well written stuff. Didn’t expect less from the legendary Mr. Mobility. However, not all Research groups corroborate statcounter. You need to check out NetMarketShare ‘s take on mobile browsing platform figures! Forbes put it succinctly here; http://www.forbes.com/sites/benzingainsights/2012/01/03/apple-tops-google-in-an-unexpected-way/ .

    That said, I believe that Symbian is not as bad as many people think. Symbian for one is looked down on by many people who just started using a “smartphone” after 2007! BTW, that’s after the iPhone! If you’ve used a Symbian phone prior to this era and up to this date then you’ll understand certain resilience of the OS. Heck, that was virtually the only Mobile OS at the time. All others were just minor players! though the resource efficiency of Symbian have been exaggerated in many forums because Symbian has always been a lean OS without the UI candy and UX of other modern platform. Nowadays, with Symbian Bellle that is now getting good UI interfaces comparable to other modern OSes, you’ll agree with me that the threshold for Symbian hardware has gone up commensurately. You now see Symbian hardware of 1GHZ CPU and 512MB RAM!

    Symbian shouldn’t be dismissed easily by anyone. Why Symbian is dying is just because of CEO Elop. It is not because Belle isn’t good. Tech pundits like Tomi Ahonen have even labelled Elop a MORON! Because his policies are idiotic and doesn’t follow any marketing strategy. And his beliefs in Windows phone borders on the fanatical. Like he is a Microsoft’s stooge! Even on the face of the fact that the two Lumia phones just released are doing grossly below expectations.

    To cut a long story short; I see Elop being sacked. And I see the new Nokia CEO (When he resumes) taking up both Android, and Symbian again! OR… Microsoft buys Nokia.

    Yes, I believe in one of these scenarios! You can quote me. And like Eye.Bee.Kay stated, Symbian would be re-born then! Rejuvenated.

  10. Well said.

    Eldar Murtazin gives RIM six months to win back customers, says Nokia is selling its soul to Microsoft.

    If Nokia WP7 fails, Stephen Elop knows his in deep trouble.

  11. I need to arm,1.hand grenades. 2.GPMG 3. Suicide vests laminated with sugar explosives.
    Target:HARRY. Condition:BID,ask afewgoodmen he knows the meaning of BID.

    On a more serious note,you lost it when you call some of us ignorant!boy you are sick! you need a psychiatric examinations.you talk like an illiterate.you must have had a dysfunctional education,it has corrupted your belief system indeed.which school did you attend?

    I blame Oga yomi,&the same time i am grateful to him for giving us a platform to show how deformed analytically you are.

    Let me reserve my suicide vest incase you decide to apologise to the house.should you refuse, i shall deploy my final weapon on you.

  12. @jujukemist

    On a more serious note,you lost it when you call some of us ignorant! boy you are sick! you need a psychiatric examinations.…

    The fact of like is that there are people who are gullible, ignorant or informed and can well be labelled adherents. You seriously do not expect me to apologize for your identifying where you belong among these groups or do you?

    You’ve boasted on this site before how you have been making accurate predictions on Boko Haram activities and their next targets, now I’m beginning to get the picture.

    Now go ahead and show your class. You don’t need to reserve anything.

  13. Without doubt, Nokia remains the ‘Live Beat’, and with the ever growing agitation from Nokia Fans for a change, invariable Nokia may soon part ways with Symbian. And that would mark the beginning of its end. Long Live Android!

  14. @Harry and jujukemist… i suggest u refrain from acts of terrorism.

    u should learn to pay deaf ears to certain things. that shows how irrelevant they are. if someone labels another a goat when the person is actually a human beign, dats due to his ignorance so u just ignore him.arguing on d issue may confirm d other is a goat.

    thats by the way… i see CEO Elop resigning soon. symbian would continue to live.. especially Nokia Anna and Nokia Bell. Also there Are strong indications Research in Motion wants to licence its BB10 platform to Samsung and HTC to raise more revenue. Nokia can make a dramatic improvement by subscribing to this move; this would alongside the symbian platform would give them a good leap.. what sells for nokia is the name and not the platform really

  15. I see Nokia repenting and coming back to Symbian. They’ll have both WinMo and symbian lines. Watch out for Symbian Carla, Donna and Eva in that order. They gon blow your mind.

  16. symbian will definitely take a long time to move away from spotlight. especially with the new sets of softwares they are coming out with. I only saw the N9 few days ago and must confess the OS is damn fluid. I wonder what took Nokia so long in bringing out such baby. They wouldnt have lost market share like they did.

    I do think Microsoft will buy out Nokia and most likely add a few things to their WP7 lines to make it more attractive. The reason those lumia are not doing so well for Nokia is the lack of functionalities Nokia fans were used to and the few apps on the WP market.

  17. You seriously do not expect me to apologize for your identifying where you belong these groups or do you?

    seriously! i didnt expect you to apologise. Thats why i told to take a craze man test.you would be shocked at the outcome.

    No body has the monopoly to insult people, i simply responded to highlight this truth.And its always correct to leave issues in the context in which its discussed.

    I am through.

  18. seriously ! i didnt expect you to apologise. Thats why i told to take a craze man test . you would be shocked at the outcome.

    No body has the monopoly to insult people, i simply responded to highlight this truth .And its always correct to leave issues in the context in which its discussed.

    I am through.

    I know your type. You really have very little to offer. All you did was trying to incite the house by making them believe I’ve insulted them, but as you can see, they are wiser and can discern for themselves when a statement is insultive and don’t need you interpretation.

    Sure you did prove your bad upbringing with that little dose of insult directed at me but you are too little to cause a stir. I deal with brats like you all the time and you are always welcomed whenever you feel like showing the real person behind the jujukemist mask.

    Have a nice day.

  19. yap!! Am pretty sure non of you here as laid his/her on new belle phone xpecially 603, if u had u’ll know what i mean! All what belle needs from nokia is ecosystem love and i bet andriod will be nothing compared to Nokia carla…

  20. Harry Echemco: Stop bashing Symbian. Android on a Galaxy SII is acceptable as better than a Symbian on an N8. But hey, you are using Opera Mini, a browser designed to run on phones with poor hardware. You cannot really say that an Android on a phone with limited hardware is better than Symbian with the hardware of an N8. You have to consider the hardware.

    Can’t your Android phone run Opera Mobile? Just asking!

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