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The Mobile OS Horse Race
« on: February 15, 2011, 10:23:18 PM »
Just a few weeks ago the OS horse race was looking like it had only two contenders, Apple iOS and Android for both smartphones and tablets. 

But this seems to have changed very recently as:

1. Microsoft made a deal with smartphone giant Nokia to use Win Mobile 7.  If these two giants can get some joint products out rapidly they will be in the hunt.

2. HP introduced WebOS for both phones and tablets. More of a dark horse especially if HP delays, but WebOS could have real promise in the tablet category.  Personally I found the hardware form factor on the Pre phone to be uninspiring but maybe it is just me.  If HP can deliver on its promise to include WebOS on all its printers and computers (so they can talk to each other) this may have legs.

3. Okay this is a long shot: but could Ubuntu Linux be grooming itself for eventual use as a tablet OS?  Check out the screen shot in the following article of Ubuntu's new "Unity" GUI and tell me that isn't ripe for eventual use on a touchscreen tablet:
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/software/71717.html?

I find it all refreshing because Apple tries to lock you into their eco-system, and Android tries to lock you into Google cloud based services, (plus report your activities to the mothership) so now there appear to be some alternatives cropping up to those two.

Anyone else following this?  Am I reading this right or am I totally off base here?

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Re: The Mobile OS Horse Race
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 11:03:26 PM »
Yeah - I have been following that as well.

My take:

* Nokia and Microsoft
Two underperformers who need each other - will probably guarantee that they are at least a player still

* WebOS
I had written this off - now seriously revised my view. HP have direct control over the software and hardware in all the important areas.

* Not sure on the Linux option - but could Blackberry steal back some of the iPad market when they release the Blackpad?


We live interesting times.

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Re: The Mobile OS Horse Race
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 11:35:38 PM »
It helps that Microsoft Win Phone 7 Live! (whatever) is supposed to be decent.  Needs to catch up on features but MS can do that.

HP: WebOS looks really cool and I'd love to play with it. (Like Android they started with Linux.) HP needs to crank out the handsets pronto. I will seriously look at the Pre 3 when my contract is up.

>Blackpad

Nice reminder 4Eyes.  I knew I was forgetting something. 

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Re: The Mobile OS Horse Race
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 02:45:53 AM »
> * Nokia and Microsoft
Microsoft has been berated for not issuing a single update since WP7 launch. At the same time in it's history iPhone had released several updates that not only fixed bugs, but introduced new functionality. I don't know it it's MS or the carrier's fault, but it doesn't bode well.

Looking at some of the Nokia discussion it doesn't seem that they will have anything out until the very end of this year at the earliest. If they don't have something kick-a## out there on the market soon the consumers are going to move on.

I hope they're not too late because this alliance does hold some promise.

That said, neither WP7 or WebOS has a Japanese version (or any other Asian language for that matter), and so I couldn't get a device if I wanted one. You won't see any of these OSs taking off until they can penetrate these markets like iOS and Android already have.

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Re: The Mobile OS Horse Race
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 12:32:23 PM »
Related:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/windows-phone-7-connector-for-mac-os-goes-gold-hits-the-app-sto/?

>or any other Asian language for that matter

Bill, I had no idea WP7 and WebOS were that far behind.  They have their work cut out for them.