Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa went on a Finnish television show, and stated that while he is confident in Windows Phone 8, the company does have a back-up plan if it doesn't work out. Speculation aplenty - what is this backup plan? The answer's pretty easy, if you ask me.
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Yes please
by plague on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 01:03 UTC
plague
Member since:
2006-05-08

If Nokia puts Android on their phones (and don't screw it up completely), my next phone will be a Nokia. If they don't, I'll go somewhere else. Simple as that, and I hardly think I'm alone in this thinking.

Yes, I want another Linux-based phone OS to succeed, like MeeGo, Tizen or WebOS.
But right now, none of them have any marketshare, and before they do, they will lack severely in content, which puts me and a lot of other people off.
Just like WP7/8 has and will do.
Catch 22? Yes, but it's the reality.

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RE: Yes please
by Lennie on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 12:26 in reply to "Yes please"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

You could add Firefox Mobile OS to that list.

Of those Tizen has the best chance, because Bada is pretty populair in the Azian market. And it seems Bada applications can be ported pretty easily to Tizen.

That way you have a new platform, but with applications available for it.

The advantage of Tizen and Firefox Mobile OS is that they run can be sold on low-end smartphones.

Which means in 2013 when Firefox Mobile OS and Tizen comes out they'll have a price point of US $100.

Edited 2012-07-03 12:27 UTC

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RE[2]: Yes please
by plague on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 13:00 in reply to "RE: Yes please"
plague Member since:
2006-05-08

True, but it's very difficult to break into the market with a new OS. Android succeeded in breaking into the iOS monopoly, but no other smartphone OS has even come close to mainstream acceptance. Sure Bada has some marketshare in Asia, but globally it's tiny.
WP7 is bigger than Bada globally and it's still tiny.

I'd like WebOS to succeed, as I think it's a well-designed OS, but it's not very likely, nor is it very likely that Tizen or Firefox OS gain any significant marketshare. Just look at Maemo, Moblin and MeeGo.. All of them pretty much dead in the water. Why would Tizen do any better?

This is why Android, despite it's faults, is the only realistic option. It has the marketshare, and it's not going away anytime soon.

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