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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rhavyn
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2005-07-06

Neither Moto nor Nokia now think that way. Moto is working hard to reduce the number of OSes and profiles they have to deal with, as is Nokia.

Sure, Nokia is down to 5ish OSes and Moto is down to half a dozen or so. There still isn't going to be broad cross platform support any time soon in the cellular market. The best you might be able to hope for is that your apps will run across a single handset makers phones. But good luck ever cross handset or cross network carrier compatibility to any extent.

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Cloudy Member since:
2006-02-15

The best you might be able to hope for is that your apps will run across a single handset makers phones.

There are already examples of Java aps running on multiple handset maker's phones on multiple networks.

I don't know what your definition of "anytime soon" is, but the industry is inexorably moving towards standarization for feature phones and smartphones.

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