|Smartphones and The Smartphone OS Arena|
Mobile Wireless Data is finally coming of age and mobile wireless subscribers globally are finally able to take meaningful advantage of the high speed packet data transmission capabilities offered by 3rd Generation IMT-2000 radio transmission technologies. The smartphone is playing a key role in enabling this utility. It is no longer just a high end enterprise focused device, but has branched out into the prosumer and consumer segments of the mobile device market and into the mid-tier price category.
Ten years after Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia invested in Psion to form Symbian Ltd. and develop the Symbian OS, Canalys reported that 115 million 'converged devices' (smart phones and wireless handhelds) shipped globally in 2007 (=60% YoY) and that's slightly more than 10% of the consensus estimate of ~1.130 billion mobile devices shipped in 2007 — a major milestone.
This board is devoted to discussion of smartphones and in particular the competing high-level operating systems (HLOS) that power them, and the companies that develop and license those HLOS. All SI members that are interested in the subject are invited to contribute.
- Eric -