Symbian Guru goes Android, leaves Nokia and Symbian

Ari Robbins
Contributing Editor from  Atlanta, GA
| July 1, 2010

Check your calendars folks, is it April 1st?  Nope.  So I guess it's time to ask yourself, what do you do when a self-proclaimed guru calls it quits?  Do you leave with him, or do you stick to your guns?  This is the decision many Nokia/Symbian fans will have to make today as Ricky Cadden, the Symbian Guru, has declared that he can no longer tolerate to wait around for Nokia and Symbian to get with the program.

Today, in his final post at, Cadden proclaimed that "As of today, I will no longer be updating, and will be purchasing an Android-powered smartphone...I can’t continue to support a manufacturer who puts out such craptastic ‘flagships’ as the N97, and who expects me to use services that even most of Nokia’s own employees don’t use."  Cadden claims to have been a "Nokia fanboy since 1999" and has clearly made it to the point of no return.

In his long-winded farewell letter, Cadden outlines Nokia and Sybmian's several points of failure and also leaves pointers for how the companies can turn themselves around.  Specifically, Cadden mentioned that Symbian seems to be in a better position than Nokia, and recommended they contact HTC about getting some better hardware.

Cadden himself already made the upgrade, as he announced his shiny new Nexus One should be arriving tomorrow.  So, what does this mean for the world of Nokia and Symbian?  Well, probably not a whole lot.  Afterall, Cadden is just one man, and the chances of the aforementioned companies changing their ways just because one man gives up are relatively slim.  But, hey, I guess stranger things have happened.  If the next headline on PhoneDog reads "Symbian Guru hired as CEO for Nokia," well, then you can slap me silly and call me Sally!  Any thoughts?

Via TechCrunch, Symbian-Guru