Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Oct 2011 20:38 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Sources tell us that Nokia is developing a Linux-based replacement for its S40 phones, called Meltemi. The news was leaked, accurately, by the Wall Street Journal last week. Now we can confirm it. The thinking is that a Linux-based replacement for S40 will allow developers to tap into proven development tools - and Qt. The April memo referred to Meltemi as a platform for 'rich Featurephones' and stated that development will be centered in Ulm, Germany. There's no U-turn, however. Meltemi had been long-been touted as a richer successor to S40. Windows phones will occupy the budget smartphone segment, not Linux."
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RE[2]: qt developers
by zima on Thu 6th Oct 2011 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE: qt developers"
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So how come iPhone was called a smartphone during its first year, but not the phones on Nokia S40 (only the most widespread mobile platform on the planet, has many 3rd party j2me apps and "appstores") or Sony Ericsson A200 platform? (this one even has full multitasking of j2me apps)

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RE[3]: qt developers
by Neolander on Fri 7th Oct 2011 06:58 in reply to "RE[2]: qt developers"
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Smartphones are a very fuzzy concept. Many people feel like they know what it is, but cannot actually write a proper definition.

Best definition I had seen in the past (which still doesn't match the iPhone 2G) was that third parties could write software in native code, as opposed to device-agnostic J2ME code. Then Android and WP7 came out. So now, I guess it's rather about native APIs. If your main API is not proprietary, then we're not talking about smartphones... Or something like that.

Edited 2011-10-07 07:00 UTC

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RE[4]: qt developers
by zima on Sat 8th Oct 2011 02:51 in reply to "RE[3]: qt developers"
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And then we have (had?) WebOS; its native API apparently could be described as "local webapps" of sorts.
Even "device-agnostic J2ME code" is blurry, especially with A200 (SE has a very nice J2ME implementation, extensions tapping into their platform), also because some of the bundled apps are J2ME apps...

The most widespread "definition" tends to boil down to ~"smartphone is what I* want it to be"
(*too often, it seems, a pundit living in some fairly unusual - but very visible - place and/or self-limited to atypical experiences; often barely aware of, for example, very popular devices in the class of Samsung Star and LG Cookie; or of how many billions mobile subscribers - most of them owning their phones & not on contract - the world has, of the scales involved in mobile phone adoption)

Edited 2011-10-08 02:55 UTC

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