Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:04 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Speaking of Nokia - Engadget got their hands on what is supposedly an internal memo sent to Nokia employees by the company's new CEO. It's... Brutal. As in, brutally honest. There's no sugar-coating here, no unicorns, no glitter. "Nokia, our platform is burning." Update: Android is probably out of the question. Will it be Windows Phone 7, after all? Damn; Palm tonight, Nokia Friday - what a week for mobile! Update: The "Communities Dominate Brands" blog published an in-depth analysis of the memo, which claims with sound arguments that it might well be a hoax.
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Symbian?
by M.Onty on Wed 9th Feb 2011 11:05 UTC
M.Onty
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2009-10-23

I've never quite grasped what went wrong with Symbian. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

As far as I know, this is its history:

Psion make an incredibly efficient and user friendly OS called EPOC32.

Nokia and others get involved with Psion, who spin the EPOC32 team off as Symbian.

Most of the UI stuff is stripped out in favour of badly made device specific stuff as Nokia and others start to push it into every device smarter than a 3310 and dumber than a laptop.

Symbian at this stage has almost total market adoption, until the iPhone comes along and re-interests people in these smartphones.

A few years later and its 'ecosystem' is in serious decline and no-one even mentions it in the same breath as competitors whom it continues to outsell.

So what I don't understand is why the effort didn't go into bringing developer tools and nicer UIs to Symbian. Why try for Meego? Surely Symbian is, at the core, a superior OS for mobiles, so however crap the UI or how unenthused the developer base, it is still less effort to improve than a brand-new OS. No?

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