Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Trends: Smart phones OS adoption

A recent study from TDG found that smart phones use Symbian (51%), Linux (23%) and Windows Mobile (17%). This is pretty interesting, since Symbian has always had a big majority but it's surprising that Linux is that high, since it's only recently that Linux based cell phones have been in the news. The study goes on to predict that Symbian will drop market share and Linux and Windows Mobile will take most of the market in a few years. I'm not sure I agree with that, but I think it's too early to predict this, since it depends in big part on which OS is selected by the various phone manufacturers.

Most people who buy a phone, even a smart phone, have no idea what operating system it's running. The sad fact is many people don't even know the difference between a smart phone and a high end cell phone. The fact remains however that the OS is what determines the capabilities the phone has, and the software that can be installed. All 3 popular smart phone OSes have their good and bad points, but in the end the winner won't win because it's better, it will win because it will be used on the most popular, cool looking and fairly priced phones. That's the way it works in the industry.

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