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#63376 25-Jun-2010 12:56
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So which operating system do you think will win out in the end (iOS, Symbian, Android, Meego, Bada to name a few!) or will we in fact end up with more. There's too many... 

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  #345197 25-Jun-2010 13:03
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neither will completely "Win", but the competition will keep going on all sides, as long as the devices keep on coming. There is always that thing of trying to keep ahead of the competition, and this will always drive updates to each OS.




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  #345223 25-Jun-2010 13:42
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Unlike the early days of the PC OS, the phone OS market is highly segmented very early on. I think iOS has established its market and userbase, as has Blackberry, although their next iteration has a lot of catching up to do, albeit in a different user-market. Android is gaining ground, mainly at the expense of Windows Mobile, and will continue to gain ground at the expense of Symbian as the smartphone becomes more ubiquitous.

I guess the two with it all to lose at the moment are Symbian and Windows Mobile.

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  #345228 25-Jun-2010 14:05
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n95: So which operating system do you think will win out in the end (iOS, Symbian, Android, Meego, Bada to name a few!) or will we in fact end up with more. There's too many... 


What we are seeing now is the way theory says every market should be - open and competitive. The reality is that - usually - over time a few will come to dominate because customers can't cope with all the choices and settle on the ones that large groups of them agree are "good enough".

That will likely be - for the next few years - RIM,  Apple, Android (collectively) and perhaps Nokia Meego/Maemo....and each will have a regional of organisational base....with lots of overlap.

Apple won't take all because they exclude too many and too much....but they have certainly been very successful.

RIM / Blackberry will dominate (for now) the corporate market due to the additional security features they support.

Android will cross all areas simply because it is open and can be made into anything by someone who wants it do.....whatever. 

Nokia have yet to sort themselves out (or I have yet to understand what they are doing). 

HP and WebOS? Dunno. Anyone still in the game has a chance of winning if they produce the right product. 

At this point I can't see a Win-tel equivalent arising. 
 

   




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  #345232 25-Jun-2010 14:18
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Linuxluver: 
What we are seeing now is the way theory says every market should be - open and competitive. The reality is that - usually - over time a few will come to dominate because customers can't cope with all the choices and settle on the ones that large groups of them agree are "good enough".


Yes, I agree this is the way the market should be and I would hate to see any forced restriction on the free market. With so many development costs must be enormous and keeping phone prices high?

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  #345254 25-Jun-2010 15:17
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Linuxluver:
Nokia have yet to sort themselves out (or I have yet to understand what they are doing).


This is what they're up to:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/3845237/Nokias-very-special-weapon-in-battle-with-iPhone

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  #345291 25-Jun-2010 16:54
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If you aren't a geek I don't think most people care what OS runs their phone, as long as it runs properly and looks nice.  Phones these days are merely consumer items and fashion statements for a lot of people.  Things like Market and itunes/appstore may have a bearing on consumer decisions though.

For a case in point I was showing a colleague my HTC Hero (still on 1.5 grrr) and had a comment from another workmate that it was the same as his phone, which from memory was an HTC HD2 (or a pro), anyhow I said that his ran Windows mobile 6.5 and mine ran Android, to which I got a blank stare.  The reason being with SenseUI over the top of the OS, both phones looked the same (clock widgets etc).




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  #345300 25-Jun-2010 17:23
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walt12:
I guess the two with it all to lose at the moment are Symbian and Windows Mobile.


This might change in October/Nov, depends on how much Microsoft is going to subsidise each phone though, but it should be interesting

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/24/windows-phone-7s-october-release-casually-mentioned-in-microsof/ 




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