Nokia, Please Kill Symbian

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Webmaster: Exactly my thoughts! Except that I am not sure what is the alternative. Maemo is dead and buried and there is this new Meego thing which is a collaboration between two of the world's worst software companies (and at the same time some of the best hardware companies).

I took a quick look at the Qt platform, and I was shocked to find out that Nokia is asking for a lot of money for it. Perhaps I didn't quite understand, but it seems there's a per-seat fee of thousands of euros. Who in their right mind would pay that just to develop for a combination of a two seemingly dead mobile platforms? And with Nokia's history of stability, they will likely stop maintaining Qt next quarter and announce something else instead.

Hmm... it seems you sparked on my whining mode. smiley
03/06/2010   Translate   Reply
Jani: I think it's pretty safe bet that XIHA's upcoming mobile application will not debut on either of those platforms... smiley
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Kristoffer: @Webmaster, well Meego is really the evil stepchild of Maemo, so there is some kind of progression from one to another. I agree, though, that that whole episode would deserve a post of its own...
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Kristoffer: Well, according to Engadget, Nokia is taking the first step towards this: www.engadget.com/2010/06/23/no...ce-in-n-series-all-meego-from/
23/06/2010   Translate   Reply
Jani: Wow, that is a bold move from Nokia in many ways. Of course, it's probably going to hit them hard in the short term that they basically make their flagship phone obsolete before it even arrives, but I think it's the right thing to do. In some ways they should probably just cancel N8, but I guess that would be a little too brave thing to do...

In any case hats off to Nokia for their decision! It sucks that they will still keep Symbian for non-N-series phones but hopefully this is just a temporary solution. Having S40, S60 and MeeGo series of phones will be quite a pain for developers and will definitely make it harder for MeeGo to become successful.
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Kristoffer: I think the focus will basically be MeeGo for the real spearhead developers, with more small old style apps for Symbian phones. Agreed that this is a step in the right direction and it clarifies the situation. Developers were getting increasingly confused about what the strategy was going to be, and what they should put their more challenging efforts on.

Not yet sure if this is just a rumour.
23/06/2010   Translate   Reply
Jani: Right, but is there going to be enough market? The biggest limiting factor to the MeeGo market share will be competition from Nokia itself.

Say, if Nokia can hold on to the 40% share of the global mobile phone market, what share will the N-series have of that in a year or two? If they are smaller than iPhone and Android, and if their app store is not as good as the ones by Apple and Google, I wonder how many of the top applications will be made for MeeGo in the end.

I think the E-series "business phones" should definitely also upgrade to MeeGo, as that's where the app market would get really interesting. What happens now is that iPhone will continue to become more seriously taken as a business phone and Nokia will again be forced to make the E-series more attractive, but only after being seriously beaten by Apple.
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Kristoffer: I do think there will be a market, if, and only if, Nokia brings out hot products and get their services in order and developers on board. We have to remind ourselves that the new smartphone market is very new, so I would be amazed if there is no room for more competition. But it has to be kick ass stuff.

I agree 100% that the E-series should go MeeGo as well. Stupid if they leave that out.
24/06/2010   Translate   Reply
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Nightcrawler: well, I don't know but I have Nokia 6220 classic and
Symbian / S60 3rd Edition and it's always working very well, and I really mean always...
never have to boot this Nokia-produced Symbian Os smartphone or to do another tricks. I never have any trouble with my smartphone (Nokia 6220 classic) in one year usage.
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Jani: Right, but how many applications have you purchased for it? My guess is that none. Correct? While it sounds like it is a good phone (it is a phone, after all!), this makes it a very uninteresting phone for companies who create software for smartphones.

I have a Nokia E90 communicator, and it needs to be rebooted every week or it stops being able to make or receive calls. The maps stopped working long time ago, and it has a bunch of other minor problems. Unfortunately Nokia seems to have stopped supporting it so there are no updates to fix the problems.
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Kristoffer: Nobody would deny that they work. They're just not very elegant OSes and usability is weak for anything but the utmost basic stuff. Plus they've never been known to be very developer-friendly...
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Nightcrawler: I am not a fan to nokia, actually I prefer other manufacturer more so I agree what you said. Samsung is my main goal, it's seem to be a great choice to next "sp". But I also interesting other like iPhone or other...but...in the meantime, I just use my nokia 6220C. smiley
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Nightcrawler: in the future...just can't wait to see what kind of equipment we have in our hands! Just can't wait...
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Beata: Gosh, I have no clue what the Symbian is and all these weird names you have used here. Anyways, I cannot wait either what kind of the equipment the future brings...
15/07/2010   Translate   Reply
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