Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 29th Jun 2006 01:33 UTC
Linux Linux has one, last, chance to become the No1 OS in a particular consumer-oriented market (not counting servers): the mobile phone market. The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.
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TBPrince
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2005-07-06

Actually, the fact that many smartphones are incompatible with each other is a matter of no-one forcing them to do that. And that's part of the fact that industry behind Linux is weak.

If you look at Windows Mobile, for example, you will notice that most apps built on 2003 will work on 2005 (before you ask: I checked that on my own. Did u?). Same goes for Java (installed many J2ME applets on different phones and most of them perfectly worked.)

Saying that SmartPhones don't need to be compatible with each other is wrong. They should. Of course, each vendor tries to build a semi-exclusive eco-system to force users to choose its phones and thus it's a matter of software makers to force them to keep their phones compatible. Microsoft does this. Sun (with Java) does this.

Eugenia is right when she says that phones should be compatible, expecially from users' perspective. When you say people only wants phones to be able to do phone calls you simply demonstrate not to know that industry you said you were part of. Many large companies are planning to switch part of their notebook base from notebook themselves to smart phones like WM5-enabled phones. A few customers asked my company to evaluate the possibility to move part of their internal applications to smart devices. Sure, you have some 13 y/o kids or 60 y/o grannies who wish phones to be able to call only, but you can't account them for the whole industry.

And you know what? Reason why WindowsMobile is getting huge marketshare is not only because they're good devices, but also because they're compatible with most data you might have on your desktop PC.

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