Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Oct 2010 21:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this was inevitable. After Samsung and Sony Ericsson abandoning Symbian for their line of smartphones, and after Symbian Foundation executive director Lee Williams leaving the company for "personal reasons", there's now a report that the Symbian Foundation is winding down its operations, in preparation for closing up shop entirely.
E-mail Print r 0   · Read More · 40 Comment(s)
Thread beginning with comment 447333
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[6]: Misleading headline
by vivainio on Wed 27th Oct 2010 15:28 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Misleading headline"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

There's no way that Nokia is going to get an instant installed base for Qt Quick or anything else with people installing it on their existing Symbian phones. You make it sound as if that is something that will magically happen.


It will happen through people downloading Qt programs from Ovi store. The trick is "smart installer":

http://wiki.forum.nokia.com/index.php/Nokia_Smart_Installer_for_Sym...

It downloads Qt from Nokia servers if the application to install requires Qt. This is managed by embedding the smart installer in .sis packages, so that it works on existing device base. I don't know the number of capable phones, but I know it's huge.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[7]: Misleading headline
by segedunum on Wed 27th Oct 2010 20:22 in reply to "RE[6]: Misleading headline"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

It will happen through people downloading Qt programs from Ovi store. The trick is "smart installer":

For all the existing Symbian phones that don't have 'Ovi store' support then it really is neither here nor there since you're not going to get those phones upgraded. The Symbian installed base counts for zilch.

In addition, the Ovi store is still very much in its infancy and at the moment is still a knee-jerk reaction to the iPhone and Android stores. Qt development for these phones is still a massive, tacked on work-in-progress and a long way from where the competition currently sits. Case in point:

It downloads Qt from Nokia servers if the application to install requires Qt.

It's only now that Android is catching up with the iPhone store application base. Goodness knows how a third store will fair with a work-in-progress development environment.

I don't know the number of capable phones, but I know it's huge.

Really? It's going to be a very, very small proportion of the current Symbian installed base. Only all but the very recent phones will be capable out-of-the-box, we've established that few existing phones will be upgraded in a throwaway market and remember that larger and larger chunks of that recent sales share are being taken by the iPhone and Android phones. Look at it that way and Ovi store support is already shrinking.

The point is that you've tried to argue that the Symbian installed base counts for something, but it really doesn't. We've also veered off-topic somewhat.

Edited 2010-10-27 20:23 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2