As Handset Makers Go Android, Top Symbian Exec Goes Away

The Symbian Foundation today announced in an email that Lee Williams has stepped down from his executive director role “for personal reasons” and will be replaced immediately by Tim Holbrow, the foundation’s CFO. Williams may have his own reasons for leaving, but there are a number of other business reasons that could explain such an action. Before we get into those, it might be worth reviewing this brief GigaOM video interview with Williams from a year or so ago.


After watching the interview again, a few big misses seem to jump out:

In the year since we spoke with Williams, it’s become clear that Android has the momentum in the market, and Symbian just doesn’t yet have the firepower to challenge that. If you don’t believe me, just ask the companies mentioned in the interview that have either dropped the platform or never even used it in the first place. They’re still around, still making money and still embracing Android.

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