Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 23:10 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Under an initiative sponsored by the European Commission, the Symbian platform was this week endorsed by the Artemis Joint Technology Initiative and specifically identified as a unique technology that is a vital focus for European-centric mobile software development. As a result, a total investment of over EUR 22 million has been committed to the development of next generation technologies for the Symbian platform. This development project is being led by the Symbian Foundation as part of a consortium of major European technology organisations. The consortium is made up of 24 organisations from 8 European countries, comprising major mobile device manufacturers, hardware and service integration professional services, major consumer electronics companies, mobile network operators, application developers, universities and research institutions."
Thread beginning with comment 448352
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Is this necessary?
by vodoomoth on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 11:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Is this necessary?"
Member since:

"The Symbian platform is open source.

Thanks, I stand corrected.

But I still think that Android (or maybe Meego) makes more sense. Trying to upgrade Symbian looks like a duplication of effort. Symbian's main value for me, right now, is that it's fine for a simple low-end phone where Android would be overkill.

I guess the EC has too much money to burn.
So... duplication of effort is a bad thing? Should we have all stuck with IE in 2003? After all, never-really-blossomed Opera was fighting the dying Netscape and the almighty IE. Firefox was just a project idea in a few people's mind. According to you logic, Chrome would have never existed as it duplicated Webkit on Mac and Windows.

Why does the teenage Android make more sense than the venerable Symbian? the age? the hair color? the boobs? or the overall "sexiness"?

Obviously, you have a preference for Android and think Symbian should be left to die. Others disagree. And I do as the general sentiment on this site has been that diversity is good, in browsers, desktop OSes, etc. Why wouldn't it be so with mobile OSes? Symbian works very well on my 30 months old Nokia 6110 navigator and provides me with a full week autonomy in standby, a good native browser, Opera Mini, and a fully functional SIM-less and standalone GPS navigator with voice guiding and no lags at all including when alerting me about gas station, ATMs or speed radars. I don't do social networking so... I'm still wondering why I decided to get the Android-powered HTC Desire six weeks ago, a power (performance-wise) beast that barely lasts 1.5 day (battery life-wise) without being used! The most recent Copilot offers no feature that the software on the other phone doesn't have. Overall, I am underimpressed with Android. And maybe that I would have been more satisfied with a Symbian-based tactile phone if my carrier offered such a phone at the time of my purchase.

So what is your love for Android and disdain for Symbian about?

the EC has too much money to burn.

Err, that's their problem. They have reasons to spend that amount of money (which btw is close to nothing for the EC) that we don't know. However, note that all governments and many institutions "encourage innovation and support important development areas". What each of those words mean is up to those who make decisions. For the EC, these 22 million € are not "burning". For the students who get to work on a doctoral thesis out of that money, if any, it won't be squandered money either. I ran after the EC ample stipends when it was my turn... I would have enjoyed landing my hands on one of their grants.

Reply Parent Score: 3