Symbian vs Windows Phone
Last updated: July 13, 2017
Symbian is a proprietary mobile operating system (OS) designed for smartphones and currently maintained by Nokia. The Symbian platform is the successor to Symbian OS and Nokia Series 60. Now Nokia is migrating from Symbian to Windows Phone.
Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to its Windows Mobile platform, although incompatible with it. Windows Phone offers a new user interface called Metro, integrates the operating system with third party services and other Microsoft services, and sets minimum requirements for the hardware, on which it runs.
Latest news about Symbian and Windows Phone:
13.07.17. Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone. Mobile OS Windows Phone fell into Microsoft's "end of support" category for software, which means there will be no updates to it of any kind, including security updates. If you keep using an unsupported device, you'll be wide open to hackers, and that usually ends in all your content being locked until you pay a certain amount of Bitcoin to a certain address. Microsoft technically hasn't given up on mobile; the company still supports Windows 10 Mobile, which is the successor to Windows Phone. The problem is only a minority of Windows Phone 8.1 phones are able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. But we haven't heard about an exciting Windows smartphone or a new set of features on the platform in years, and Microsoft definitely isn't talking much about it. In fact, at its annual Build conference in May, the company has talked more about iOS and Android than Windows 10 Mobile.
25.02.14. Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud. As you know, last September Microsoft agreed to acquire Nokia. Of course, such a large acquisition is a long process and it's not officially complete yet. Formally, Nokia is still - an independent company and can produce phones on any platform it wants. Even on the Windows Phone's rival - Android. However, the new Android-phone Nokia X presented today has been blessed by Microsoft. Here is why. This is not the Android, which we use to see on Samsung, HTC or LG phones. This is a modification , built on the source code of Android Open Source Project. This modification doesn't contain Google applications (GMail, Talk, Calendar, Drive ...) but instead provides Microsoft's Outlook, OneDrive and Skype. There is no way to install apps from Google Play - only from Nokia Store or third-party Android- appstores (like GetJar or Yandex.Store ...). Nevertheless, almost all Android- app (including GMail) can be installed on this smartphone.
2013. Windows Phone can be used as a presentation remote control. Microsoft invented one more reason why business users should buy Windows Phone (but not Android or iPhone). If you often go to business meeting and show presentation on projector, you can now use Windows Phone (8) as a remote control. For this you need to install this free app Office Remote and add to it needed PowerPoint, Word, Excel documents (in fact, this app can only remotely control MS Office documents and not the whole computer). For example, you can open PowerPoint presentation, switch slides and even drive the laser pointer (that follows the movements of a finger on the phone screen). Also, you can remotely open and browse Word and Excel documents. Phone is connected to computer via Bluetooth.
2012. Windows Phone 8 - back to the Pocket PC. Long ago Microsoft was living in harmony: it had OS Windows for desktop computers (PCs) and Windows Mobile for pocket computers (Pocket PCs). Both operating systems had a similar interface (with desktop, Start button, icons, ...) and worked on a single code. But then iPhone, Android and tablets appeared and Microsoft was forced to disrupt this harmony and invent something totally new - WinPhone, Metro-interface, etc. And now, after the long searches, Microsoft is again coming to harmony. PCs and tablets (which Microsoft calls Tablet PCs) will run the same OS - Windows 8. The only missing part was the unified operating system for smartphones that can turn them to Pocket PCs. And this is the very mission of the new Windows Phone 8, that was demonstrated this week.
2012. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone call Windows Phone - the best smartphone. Looks like Windows Phone is gaining popularity step by step. Last month, all Internet was laughing at the fact that for the question "What is the best smartphone ever?" Siri (the voice assistant in iPhone) responded Nokia Lumia 900. But today the same question has been asked to the voice assistant S-Voice (that lives in the best Android-smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3). And it responded that the best smartphone ever is another Windows Phone - HTC Trophy. Both voice assistants base their responses on information from the certain online sources. Siri was basing on the data from Wolfram Alfa portal, and the S-Voice looked directly at the Best Buy’s user rating, which now lists the HTC Trophy as the top smartphone (while the Lumia is now #4 on the list). Thus, even in the US (where Apple is the king) Windows Phones are selling quite well.
2012. Skype finally comes to Windows Phone. Nine months (!) after Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype, this messenger finally comes to Windows Phone (in beta version so far). Interestingly, already after the deal with Microsoft, Skype appeared on the competing platform Android and before that it worked on the iPhone. The things got so bad that in November 2011 Microsoft began to preinstall the alternative video chat app Tango on Windows Phones. But now this circus is over - Skype for Windows Phone is already available for free download from the marketplace. However, it doesn't work in the background, so for now you have to launch it every time to make a call or send a message (or launch it to receive a call). Also the beta version doesn't allow to add/edit contacts. And if the absence of Skype was the only thing that stopped you from buying Windows Phone, do not forget about the main thing - check that the Windows Phone has a front camera when you buy it.
2012. 5 Enterprise 2.0 forecasts for 2012. Let's try to predict some interesting events that can take place in the Enterprise 2.0 sphere in the coming year. We will not try to guess the percents of the market growth (we'll leave this job to Gartner), but just remember that the main market players are planning for this year. Here are the top 5 anticipated events for 2012:
2011. Microsoft created SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone. After the recent Microsoft's announcement that it's working on Office for iPad (by the way, today OneNote has become available for iPad), today's launch of the SkyDrive app for iPhone is not very surprising. From now the SkyDrive users can access their files on the iPhone, open them, share to others, create new folders and synchronize files to the online account. The same application has appeared for Windows Phone 7.5 (watch the video below). And judging by some vacancies that Microsoft posts on the job-sites, the company is already working on the SkyDrive version for Android. Recall, SkyDrive offers free 25GB of cloud storage, which is much larger than its main competitors: Box.net, DropBox and Google Docs.
2011. Nokia and Skype not in a hurry to bring videochat to Windows Phone. Today in London, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones on Windows Phone (Mango) platform - Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. In general, they haven't disappointed anyone. Stylish, high quality, fast and reliable smartphones with pre-installed Mobile Office and Outlook, integrated to Exchange, SkyDrive, SharePoint, Office 365 - will surely attract business users. Of course, the price $580 (Lumia 800) - is not much different from the iPhone, but otherwise it has all chances to compete with iPhone and Android-devices. The only big cons - is that Nokia Lumia has no front camera, which means it doesn't support video chat, so important for business users. Why wasn't it installed? Nokia representative said that they simply had not enough time. But this is not the most shocking news about the video chat on Windows Phone.
2011. Nokia goes Windows Phone. As expected, the new Microsoft's CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, has done what he was supposed to do. First, he sent all company employees the email telling something like: "Android and iPhone are killing us." And the next day he was standing on stage with Steve Ballmer and announcing the strategic alliance between Nokia and Microsoft and that Nokia smartphones will be supplied with Windows Phone platform. However, this loud announcement didn't cause any panic. Most IT blogs began talking about the end of the Nokia's era, Nokia shares on the New York Stock Exchange dropped down by 14% and Vic Gundotra (VP at Google) wrote in his twitter that "Two turkeys do not make an Eagle".
2010. Windows Phone dissapointed business users. Today, Microsoft introduced a new version of Windows Mobile 7, which is now called Windows Phone. And if Microsoft wanted to surprise everyone, they succeed. But this surprise wasn't pleasant for all. In its quest to outdo iPhone, the company created a completely new OS with a stunning interface for touch screens. They integrated into single OS their media player - Zune, gaming service - XBox, Bing search and all sorts of social networks ... and made business users panic. And not just because of the interface. All applications that were created for the previous Windows Mobile - will not work on the new platform. New applications will be installed only from the single Marketplace, where they will undergo Microsoft's moderation. Windows Phone does not support Flash - only Silverlight. And it seems that security features of WM are also gone.