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[3]: Microsoft or Nokia
by tony on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 12:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft or Nokia"
tony
Member since:
2005-07-06

"And they still don’t. I don’t like the idea, but I can readily see Apple becoming No.1 in market share. It’s iPod all over again.

Nah. The open technology stack in Maemo will be the more appealing one to third party developers, compared to iPhone and even Android.
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What appeals to third party developers is sales. Right now, the market is iPhone. Droid is there now too, with a model identical to the iPhone app store, but the variety of hardware platforms is making it tricky. It'll be interesting to see how the Ovi store (also a copy of the initially ridiculed app store) deals with it.

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RE[4]: Microsoft or Nokia
by vivainio on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 12:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Microsoft or Nokia"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

What appeals to third party developers is sales.

It's not quite so one-dimensional.

Things that matter are whether the skillset is worth acquiring, future prospects of business, development cost, what you can achieve in the platform in the first place (and at what cost), whether you can attract good developers, and *who* is buying your devices. Are they the kind of people that would be interested in your program?

Sales is insanely important obviously, but I believe Maemo devices will be selling like cupcakes where Symbian failed to create enthusiasm.

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RE[5]: Microsoft or Nokia
by tony on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 13:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Microsoft or Nokia"
tony Member since:
2005-07-06

"What appeals to third party developers is sales.

It's not quite so one-dimensional.

Things that matter are whether the skillset is worth acquiring, future prospects of business, development cost, what you can achieve in the platform in the first place (and at what cost), whether you can attract good developers, and *who* is buying your devices. Are they the kind of people that would be interested in your program?

Sales is insanely important obviously, but I believe Maemo devices will be selling like cupcakes where Symbian failed to create enthusiasm.
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So far, Nokia has nothing that generates enthusiasm, so it's pure speculation. I think that speculation part is Nokia's biggest problem. They've got to prove they can pull it off a phone that can compete with the iPhone (and Android and Pre), and they haven't yet.

I've just spent the past two weeks in Scandinavia, and by far the smartphones I've seen in several countries are iPhones and Android.

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RE[4]: Microsoft or Nokia
by spiderman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 13:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Microsoft or Nokia"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

edit: double post

Edited 2009-12-03 13:11 UTC

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RE[4]: Microsoft or Nokia
by spiderman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 13:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Microsoft or Nokia"
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2008-10-23


What appeals to third party developers is sales.

Right now, Symbian has by far the biggest market share, more than all other OSes combined.

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RE[5]: Microsoft or Nokia
by tony on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 13:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Microsoft or Nokia"
tony Member since:
2005-07-06

"
What appeals to third party developers is sales.

Right now, Symbian has by far the biggest market share, more than all other OSes combined.
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They have a huge market share, but somehow the market for iPhone apps dwarfs that of Symbian.

Also, Symbian market share is dropping, while Google and Apple are increasing. And Nokia doesn't have anything concrete on the horizon to stop the hemorrhaging of market share.

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