Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 23:10 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Under an initiative sponsored by the European Commission, the Symbian platform was this week endorsed by the Artemis Joint Technology Initiative and specifically identified as a unique technology that is a vital focus for European-centric mobile software development. As a result, a total investment of over EUR 22 million has been committed to the development of next generation technologies for the Symbian platform. This development project is being led by the Symbian Foundation as part of a consortium of major European technology organisations. The consortium is made up of 24 organisations from 8 European countries, comprising major mobile device manufacturers, hardware and service integration professional services, major consumer electronics companies, mobile network operators, application developers, universities and research institutions."
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RE[3]: Is this necessary?
by ricegf on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 11:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Is this necessary?"
ricegf
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"Trying to upgrade Symbian looks like a duplication of effort."

That pretty much defines capitalism, doesn't it? Android was a duplication of effort with the iPhone, which was a duplication of effort with Palm, which was a duplication of effort with WinCE, which was a duplication of effort with Communicator, which was a duplication of effort with Simon. Yet the market advanced step by step with better products to the smartphones we know and love today. (Well, maybe not with WinCE... :-D )

The Soviet model was "Pick the best option, and invest everything in it" - i.e., avoid any duplication of effort. But that model failed, because you don't know the best option until the market decides. So the market invests in several options - duplicate options - and consumers vote with their pocketbook.

Whether a government should be giving tax money to one competitor is a different, perhaps better, question. I'll avoid it, though, as I've had enough politics for a while.

Except this: I greatly appreciate your "I stand corrected" comment, and hope our surviving politicians both red and blue have the same integrity.

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