Vanjoki focused on Nokia's beleaguered Symbian operating system. "Symbian has taken a lot of criticism lately -â€" some of it fair, some not. But what is consistently overlooked is that Symbian still accounts for more than two-fifths of the global smartphone market." Vanjoki shot down the idea that the company might replace Symbian with the increasingly popular Android OS from Google (GOOG).
But Symbian's size is a relic of past success, not a formula for future gains. A new study by Vision Mobile surveyed 400 developers from around the world working on the eight most popular mobile operating systems. What they found was a paradox: developers overwhelmingly said the most important factor in choosing an operating system was market penetration, but largely created apps for the two smallest platforms in terms of global market share, Android and iPhone OS.
Vanjoki does little to address this issue. He mentions Symbian^3, the latest version of Nokia's OS, but then notes that the N8 will be the only phone to get the new OS. "The sad thing is that I was all fired up to buy my wife an N8," wrote one commentator on his post. "But now you've cursed it by saying it will be the only Symbian^3 device before it's even out."
Just one day before Vanjoki's post, Ricky Cadden, the long time author of Symbian-Guru.com, announced that he would be closing the site and switching to an Android powered device. It was the kind of message that should have rattled Nokia's cage. Instead the company plans to soldier on with an operating system that appears increasingly outdated to consumers, developers and even long time fans.
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