At a time when a host of new operating systems are driving the smartphone market to a new growth level, does Symbian matter anymore?
For those familiar only with old Symbian, which helped Nokia succeed with its S60 platform, that question may seem almost irrelevant. But do they know anything about a freshly released, open-sourced version of Symbian OS?
How does Symbian OS stack up against Google's Android, Apple's iPhone OS, Palm webOS and RIM's Blackberry OS?
Will it stick? Can it upset the current mobile operating system market?
Can it become a star in the U.S. smartphone market? What about emerging markets? Or is it destined to become an engine for feature phones?
Symbian, for sure, will continue to matter to Nokia. Its success is closely tied to the success of Nokia.
But will it be enough? There are skeptics asking an even tougher question: Does Nokia still matter?
Probing the future of the new open-source Symbian is to predict the future of the mobile phone market.
On the eve of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we asked these questions to a number of mobile industry experts, including Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation. Below you can read what they shared with us.
We hope that many of you will also weigh in. Join the conversation in the forum area at the bottom of this article.
|Abhijit Kabra |
|Satish Menon |