Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 11:56 UTC, submitted by nej_simon
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Tizen reached 1.0 only recently, but there's already a Tizen Conference going on - and during that conference, Samsung had a relatively barebones reference device running Tizen 1.0. The Handheld Blog has a seven minute video of the device in action, and while I'm very happy big players are investing in all these alternative platforms, I do have to wonder - how viable are they?
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RE: It all comes down to price
by zima on Tue 8th May 2012 14:02 UTC in reply to "It all comes down to price"
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HTML5-based apps seem like a weird approach, if cheap (slowish) devices are to be the goal...
Meltemi, supposedly based on Qt and a slimmed down version of N9 Meego, perhaps would be a better fit - but it will most likely remain Nokia-exclusive (though it still might very well be wildly successful, presumably being positioned as a successor to S40 - which is the dominant mobile phone platform on the planet)

Anyway, we more or less have this "single, well-supported open source mobile operating system, based on Linux" in the form of Android - and while OEMs have to pay for "Google experience" branding, that's not the only way: for example, look at Baidu Yi and OPhone forks.
And/or ZTE (already the 4th largest mobile phone maker), Huawei, and such should be perfectly able to make cheap enough "real" Android handsets. They already make quite inexpensive ones (check out ZTE Blade, and other models go lower), and such phones still mostly use Qualcomm SoCs, I believe - so "off the shelf" solutions for Android from (and check "Shanzhai" link) will lower costs further.
The Chinese will be more than happy to supply not only their exploding market with price-ranges required.
Also, I wonder what HTC and VIA might unveil (both are part of... VIA Group; VIA already has some ARM SoCs, though not for mobiles)

In all, probably what happened with personal computers, more or less. New OEMs largely taking over. And the myriad of disjointed platforms ultimately eclipsed by one (very few) dominant one, its momentum pushing the field forward (quickly matching niceties of any new would-be contenders ...recent story with RIM BB10?), prices down, making it more or less unmatched.

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