Nokia 808

nokia.gifThe news today is buzzing with the Mobile World Congress announcement of Nokia’s ‘PureView’ 808 smartphone using a 41 megapixel sensor.

The strange thing is that it’s a Symbian rather than Windows Phone device. I would have expected innovations such as this to be brought out on Nokia’s new platform of choice rather than one that’s becoming obsolete.

The 808 will help Symbian OS limp on a short while longer. If you are a developer, I wouldn’t let this tempt you (maybe back) into Symbian development. Network operators having already abandoned Symbian smartphones together with the 808’s high price will make it niche, low volume device.

As for the announcement being at Mobile World Congress, I see this more as a tactical diversion away from how Nokia hasn’t yet been able to innovate significantly on Windows Phone.