Nokia on Thursday confirmed that it will drop Symbian from its Nseries phones. A spokesperson said that all of the high-end devices after the N8 will use MeeGo, the OS co-designed with Intel. It's not known if the work-oriented Eseries or other models would use MeeGo, but most are still expected to use Symbian^3 or S40.
The switch would be a major blow to Symbian, which depends almost exclusively on Nokia for its current majority market share in the smartphone business. It also reflects Nokia's increasing frustration with steady losses in share as its reliance on Symbian has seen customers leave for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone devices instead.
Nokia has lately had a dearth of high-end phones and has had to issue an earnings warning. The N8 may not ship until late in the summer, and the rumored N9 may not arrive until late in the year or 2011.