Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Dec 2012 19:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Research In Motion today released the 'gold' build of the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit. The 'gold' build includes all of the final tools, components, and APIs that will enable developers to create integrated, social and beautiful applications for BlackBerry 10, and have the confidence that their apps will delight customers at launch." Let's hope so. This industry needs more viable players.
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RE[2]: Heh, why not?
by Neolander on Wed 12th Dec 2012 16:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Heh, why not?"
Neolander
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You can always get some QWERTY Symbian handset ;P
(too bad Sony Ericsson A200 platform wasn't ever used on QWERTY handsets, I think - though it runs only j2me apps, it can multitask them)

AFAIK, the most recent QWERTY Symbian handset from Nokia is the E6, which is over one year old now. The Symbian ecosystem may arguably have been buried alive but it sure is done suffocating...

"5/This is a QNX-based OS which we're talking about, and having a microkernel running on your cellphone is quite the OS geek's wet dream ;) "

Symbian handsets apparently also use a ~microkernel ;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EKA

Sure they do, but the problem is that Symbian as a platform has no future. Its main backer, Nokia, is dropping it quickly, and no one feels like cleaning up its dirty codebase to make it rise from the ashes again. Most popular mobile OSs use fat kernels like Linux or Darwin as a basis these days...

(then there's http://www.osnews.com/comments/26568 recent Genode discussion and some of the links there; microkernels are more widespread, especially in mobiles, than it appears)

I don't think they take the lead role too often in user-facing applications, though.

Edited 2012-12-12 16:25 UTC

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