Twitter For Nokia Finally Released, But Why?

Twitter today announced today that, after a substantial wait, Nokia Symbian OS (Series 40) users will finally be able to download the official Twitter client app to their devices. The real question is: why did it bother?

Nokia shuttered its Symbian development facilities all over the world last year as the handset giant tried to stave off a massive profit downturn and let go thousands of staff iwn the process.

Since then, the only Symbian OS-powered handset of note to come out of Finland is the Nokia 808 PureView -- the 41-megapixel monster. It's just arrived in North America after being out in Europe for a while before that, but as it hit store shelves, Nokia rendered the phone irrelevant by telling the world that the camera technology -- arguably the phone's only drawcard -- would be heading to Lumia handsets soon.

For the uninformed, the Lumia is the brand that Nokia loads the Windows Phone 7 operating system onto, and it's the one with the more promising future by a long shot.

So why did Twitter even bother developing for the Symbian OS platform? Nokia still sells a lot of Symbian handsets to developing nations, but even they have the Lumia 710 available.

You'll probably argue that the Twitter app in question here has been developed for Symbian Series 40 devices, all of which are feature phones and not smartphones. That's a fair point, but aren't people buying feature phones because they don't want apps like Twitter on their devices?

Could Twitter have put these developer resources elsewhere, or is a Twitter client for Nokia a good idea? [Twitter Blog]

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    Series 40 isn't Symbian.

      As Benno said, Series 40 isn`t Symbian. From Wikipedia: Series 40 is a simpler operating system than the higher end S60. Because S40 devices do not support true multi-tasking and do not have a native code API for third parties, its user interface may appear to be more responsive and faster than the other Nokia platforms Symbian S60 on similar hardware.

      True, it's the mid tier app platform developed by Nokia...
      ...But in defense of the naive and misinformed (often including me!) the UI, store, experience, etc. is quite similar to a (non multi-tasking) version of S60, which is associated with Symbian and is commonly its reference point; I guess that's why we generally just lump them all together. Mistake acknowledged.

    Whatever Nokia OS it is, I can't imagine it was too difficult for Nokia developers.

    Nokia are still pushing their low end phones just as much as their high end phones.
    The Asha Touch series run on Series 40 and run in between US$85-120. While it is not ideal to most kids, Nokia phones are still quite attractive to parents who want to buy their kid their first phone but not a full on smartphone. Or just people who want a simple, cheap phone, with I assume will be great battery life and the ability to do some internet browsing.
    Also I think it is more that Nokia having an influence to Twitter, rather than Twitter wanting to give their service to Nokia S40 users.

      It's actually quite bizzare Twitter didn't do this earlier. You can make your brand known now on developing countries with S40 rather than some local service.
      Exactly what Rovio has been doing with Angry Birds that is available on all newer S40 Nokia phones.

    Better late than never, I reckon? It would be nice to have it Symbian ^3/Belle tho ...

    S60 = Symbian, S40 = properiatary Nokia feature phone OS. Symbian is almost dead, but S40 is doing well.

    Wow you guys are out.
    Pretty much all of Nokia's sales are coming from S40 and it will more than likely increase as touch S40 phones started now shipping.

    Symbian and S40 have nothing in common. S30, S40, S60, S80, S90 etc etc are names that once Nokia gave to it's different OS's.
    S60=Symbian as far as Nokia goes.

    A look at the specs will answer the question. One of the biggest problems with WinPhone, iOS, Android is battery life! For roughly the same battery, Symbian devices get roughly twice the uptime... Perhaps that is sorted in WinPhone 8, but there's no point in having a 'great' camera, when after a day in the office, you can't use it... Thinking the other way, too, you're buying a reasonable point and shoot camera (albeit an expensive one...) with a full functional phone attached. The OS doesn't really matter in this case - do you know what OS your camera runs? ;-)

    The reason they made it is for ppl like still using a Nokia E63 who do want this kind of feature but haven't upgraded their phone recently due to budget reasons and still find their old "feature" phone works fine.

    I will now use this app along with the Facebook and Spotify app that I also use on my Nokia. While I barely use twitter atm this will likely be enough to get me using it regularly now.

    Hope that answers your question of why bother - because they are not idiots basically.

    As said before: S40 isn't Symbian.

    The entire premise of this article is set on the misunderstanding of what Series 40 is (there's no S40, check all Nokia's official docs, they talk about "Series 40") and on the lack of understanding of what Twitter needs (lots of customers in a market segment where otherwise SMS is the only option). Lame. And the comments, ludicrous. You people are supposed to be smarter than this "Luck, hope you're well".

    QUOTE - "You’ll probably argue that the Twitter app in question here has been developed for Symbian Series 40 devices, all of which are feature phones and not smartphones. That’s a fair point, but aren’t people buying feature phones because they don’t want apps like Twitter on their devices?"

    Not really... If you spend any time in some of these countries as I currently do, you'll come to realize that even for people with jobs that we in the west might consider "white collar", people buy these 'feature' phones because that's all they can afford ! Anyone owning an iPhone or Samsung GS3 is 'wealthy', and the newer crop of feature phones being able to run the same apps as found on these high end phones brings this functionality to the majority of people, and in such countries with huge populations, this 'low end' is the majority. Why do you think Nokia has been hurting due to lower end Android and indigenous phones ?

    Do try to know what you're reporting on. A simpleGoogle search would have clarified this. S40 is a feature pbone OS and the most used in the world right now.

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    Yup, as has been said: S40 is not S60, nor is it Symbian^3 (recently renamed "Nokia OS", and then killed). Easy mistake to make, but leads to erroneous reporting. :--D

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