Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Time. Coming. Long. Put these in the appropriate order, and you'll get my reaction to this news. Nokia has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of the user interface to the Symbian operating system, still the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
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RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by bralkein on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 00:34 UTC in reply to "Comment by Jaunty Joey"
bralkein
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2006-12-20

Yup. I'm hoping to get my hands on an N900 once they hit the high streets here in the UK, I'm very excited about being able to have almost the same Linux power on my phone that I have on my desktop ;)

However, the N900 is a very powerful piece of kit, capable of supporting the fairly heavyweight Maemo OS. I don't know much about Symbian, is it more lightweight and so more viable on cheaper, less powerful devices? Is that why they're hanging on to it?

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RE[2]: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by cmost on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 00:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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2006-07-16

Hey, maybe Nokia is hanging onto Symbian because it's a good little OS that a lot of people use and love! I have it on my Smart-phone and it's extremely solid, simple to use. Perhaps the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" might apply?

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RE[3]: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by Savior on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 07:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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2006-09-02

But that's the funny part: they are actually fixing it ;)

Though in my opinion, it's more like beating a dead horse. It's horrendous to program for and it just does not measure up to Maemo. Which would be alright, if they were talking about the low-end versions. But smartphones?

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RE[2]: Comment by Jaunty Joey
by Moochman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 11:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by Jaunty Joey"
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However, the N900 is a very powerful piece of kit, capable of supporting the fairly heavyweight Maemo OS. I don't know much about Symbian, is it more lightweight and so more viable on cheaper, less powerful devices? Is that why they're hanging on to it?


That's exactly why they're holding onto it. Basically, the Maemo device will become their premier, "iconesque" (more expensive) iPhone/Droid/whathaveyou competitor, while Symbian will usher in a new era of "smartphones for the masses".

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