Nokia may be preparing to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 for future devices, but the company doesn’t want you to stop buying existing phones while waiting for new models. But how do you convince someone to invest in a dying platform? By convincing them it’s not exactly dying…

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says the company will continue to offer software updates and support for Symbian at least until 2016. In other words, for several years after the company stops selling Symbian phones, Nokia will continue to support the products. So if you buy a Symbian device today, odds are that you’ll upgrade to a different phone before Nokia stops offering support.

That said, as Nokia transitions away from Symbian I suspect fewer and fewer developers will be interested in writing apps for the platform, which means that you might want to look at Android, iOS, or another mobile operating system if third party apps are a big selling point for you.

via All About Symbian

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...