Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Apr 2014 21:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Yoon said Samsung was working to introduce at least two smartphones running on its own Tizen operating system, a major step in the market leader's bid to break out of the Android universe.

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RE: Aaaand no-one cares
by 01Michael10 on Thu 17th Apr 2014 16:38 UTC in reply to "Aaaand no-one cares"
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No-one cares. Why? Because the market it already saturated with competing smartphone OSes. From the big 3 systems (iOS, Android, WP8.x) to the smaller players such as BB10, Sailfish OS, Firefox OS etc etc, there's just too many systems. Much like we saw in the personal computer boom in the 80's, there will be a plethora of different mobile OSes as companies latch on to a completely new platform. Some will die a premature death, some will be stillborn, and some will live on for another 20 years...


I kinda disagree with you and think the mobile and home PC markets are about in the same situation as far as OS platforms. On the PC side, we have the established Windows and OS X with the niche Linux. In the mobile arena, we have Android and iOS established with the niche Windows Phone. Both have a bunch of other OSs that just exist...

The difference that I see that really bugs me? On my PC, I can install almost any OS on it with little problem while on my Nexus 5 I can pretty much just install variations of the Android OS right down. Most phones are limited to just one OS. THIS is where the mobile market needs to mature but I have my doubts the situation will change much as phones are proprietary hardware based...

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RE[2]: Aaaand no-one cares
by The123king on Thu 17th Apr 2014 17:08 in reply to "RE: Aaaand no-one cares"
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And in the 80's, most computers were restricted to one OS. Try booting MS-DOS on a Tandy TRS-80, or Commodore BASIC on an IBM PC/AT, etc etc. I

have great expectations for Google's Project Ara, giving us PC-esque intercompatability and modularity. Most importantly, if it becomes a de-facto standard, many other OS vendors, hardware makers etc will target the Ara platform.

As it is at the moment, the mobile device market is still very much in it's infancy. Time will eventually create a standard, and time will eventually weed out most OS competitors, we're just not that far along yet. Give it 6 years.

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RE[3]: Aaaand no-one cares
by 01Michael10 on Thu 17th Apr 2014 17:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Aaaand no-one cares"
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2013-05-07

And in the 80's, most computers were restricted to one OS. Try booting MS-DOS on a Tandy TRS-80, or Commodore BASIC on an IBM PC/AT, etc etc.


I think you missed my point... You inferred the mobile market now is like the PC market in the 80's with a lot of different OSs with no established players (unless I misread your comment). It's not, we already had the OS shakedown. It just happened so much faster in the mobile market's evolution then the PC.

I have great expectations for Google's Project Ara, giving us PC-esque intercompatability and modularity. Most importantly, if it becomes a de-facto standard, many other OS vendors, hardware makers etc will target the Ara platform.


I think the project is cool also but it only addresses one side of the equation which is the hardware intercompatability and modularity you mentioned. Having different OS options for it I am more doubtful of...

Time will eventually create a standard, and time will eventually weed out most OS competitors, we're just not that far along yet. Give it 6 years.


It already has... I don't see the dominance of Android and iOS going anywhere soon (Windows will stick around but BB is dead). 6 years? The whole mobile phone market may be dead by then as people move on to wearables and stuff like Google Glass.

Edited 2014-04-17 17:47 UTC

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