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.
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RE[7]: Misleading headline
by segedunum on Wed 27th Oct 2010 20:22 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Misleading headline"
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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

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