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[3]: qt developers
by Neolander on Fri 7th Oct 2011 06:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: qt developers"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

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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2005-07-06

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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