Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jan 2014 23:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

NTT DoCoMo has shelved plans for a March launch of a smartphone featuring a new operating system called Tizen, dealing a blow to one of the platform's key backers - Samsung

Japan's largest mobile carrier said Friday that the Japanese smartphone market wasn't growing fast enough for it to support a third mobile operating system, a reference to Apple's iOS operating system and Google's Android, which powers the majority of Samsung's devices. In explaining its decision, DoCoMo cited research by IDC Japan showing the country's smartphone market in the April-to-September period grew only 2.2% from a year earlier.

"The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time," DoCoMo spokesman So Hiroki said Friday.

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ddc_
Member since:
2006-12-05

FWIW "Maemo, er Moblin, er MeeGo, I mean..." Sailfish has gone into production and is still trying.

Edited 2014-01-18 06:25 UTC

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

From a developer point of view I don't see any compeling reason to target it.

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ddc_ Member since:
2006-12-05

I don't mean that Sailfish is to survive, I merely stress that it has made it further then Tizen. I don't envision Jolla becoming major player, but I'm definitely not in position to judge on it, given that two years ago I was pretty sure they won't release anything at all.

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burnttoys Member since:
2008-12-20

Yeah. I have pondered this too.

I'm working on software at the moment that will be shipped for Android then iOS and then what?

Well, the code is mostly abstract (C/C++ stuff with my own libraries for platform abstraction & GLES and/or QtOpenGL backends). The rest of the code is supplied by the OS - which doesn't amount to much in most cases.

The most useful port we have is the Qt 5 version as it allows desktop testing in a way that Android/iOS do not (emulation is not as good as running the code native on a desktop - not for any one big reason but about 1000 little, and not so little, ones). I bought some cheapo AMD based touch screen PCs so even that user interface style can be tested - albeit a little kludgey.

So. I'm left thinking. Qt is soooo nice that why not target desktop _AND_ Jolla devices too? There might not be a huge number of customers there but the development work is already 90% there.

If, however, the distribution/packaging model is then going to cost me a tone of time then I just won't bother. This I have not yet looked into.

I think I'm suggesting that if it is possible to target these platforms from an engineering perspective and the distribution model is low cost then the inner engineer in me says "go ahead - do it - if you make a handful of people happy that's karma you can't buy"

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