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Mobile computing: device convergence
Posted on 21-May-2003 21:03 | Tags Filed under: News

Convergence devices are here to stay. Symbian-based mobile phones like the P800 or MS based phones like the QTEK (XDA) provide a data-centric view of communications. In this interview to InfoWorld, HP and Nokia are face to face and ellaborate on questions regarding this matter, and more.

"Randy, how will converged voice and data devices affect mobile-device usage?

I think as a consumer you’re going to get to the point very, very soon — if not already — where you walk into a big-box retail store and you’ve got all these wonderful devices in front of you and you’re going to have to figure out which applications carry more weight for you.

Do you think Symbian compares favorably to, say, Pocket PC when it comes to working with enterprise data?

Randy: Yes. We’ve already got the 9210, 9290 devices, for example, out there that customers tell us connect and synchronize with [enterprise data] and exchange and back up data as well as any other operating system does. You have to be able to support all the existing applications.

Ted: I guess that’s probably a place where we would disagree. It seems to us that [one operating system] end-to-end is part of the requirement. As the technology matures, you’ve got the same platform on your server, on your desktop, on your notebook, on your handheld, and maybe eventually on your phone. There certainly is reason to believe — and, I think, demonstrated reality — that [a common] platform does help IT managers deploy and deal with things like synchronization and data integrity. I would say that our view is that a Microsoft platform would probably be superior.

Randy: But I would just say there are plenty of corporations that have deployed other operating systems on devices that haven’t had any problem with that whatsoever. What’s important is the back-end systems have to be supported in order to have any sort of success in the enterprise world. And the good news is there’s plenty of selection of different kinds of products that can connect to those networks and bring different kinds of advantages.".

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