Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Sep 2012 02:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Right now, the mobile wars have just two major combatants: Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Nokia could yet make Windows Phone a serious third player, but there are also a few more minor actors with the potential to disrupt the market. Jolla is the most mysterious of those players, which also include Firefox OS and Open WebOS. Jolla (a Finnish word for a small sailing boat) arose from the ashes of Nokia and Intel's MeeGo project, canned in favour of Microsoft's mobile OS. The Linux-based OS has not been shown off yet, but Jolla has already scored a deal with China's top phone distributor, DPhone. The first Jolla device is due later this year, so to find out more I spoke with the company's chief executive, ex-Nokian Jussi Hurmola." Please let Jolla succeed. Pretty please with sugar on top. The industry needs this. Please.
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RE: The industry needs this?
by dsmogor on Wed 26th Sep 2012 11:02 UTC in reply to "The industry needs this?"
dsmogor
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2005-09-01

The only way I see it is if given platform delivers qualities not possible on current competition.
Both IOS and Android have a weak spots. IOS is naturally restricted by Apple devices premium status, Android is weak on tablets. Both platforms suck in power management.
Both platforms support limited set of form factors (Android somehow better). Multitasking on Android is ok but could still be improved. Both platforms are predominantly focused on cloud integration, a goal that may not make sense in every context.

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RE[2]: The industry needs this?
by ebasconp on Wed 26th Sep 2012 16:02 in reply to "RE: The industry needs this?"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Dominating third world emerging markets and huge markets (like China and India) will drive any other company/platform/OS into a big player.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Agree, language barrier along with limited access to relevant services and content diminishes a lot of value present in incumbent ecosystems. Its reliance on heavy mobile data makes it even less relevant.
That's definitely an opportunity for new entrants.
Android has shown that being free (and to some extent open source) has big impact enabling the whole segments of the industry making low cost devices make jump to producing smart phones. There are countless companies assembling those and they couldn't be bothered signing separate deals with some big oversees OS providers for every phone they push given week.

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