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Nokia paying $10M for Symbian coders

colordev (1764040) writes | more than 4 years ago

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colordev (1764040) writes "Today Nokia and AT&T announced a mobile software coding contest; with $10M in price money. That may be exactly what is needed for keeping the Symbian in competition with Android. I am certain LOTS of programmers are following this historic battle of the mobile platforms. Sony Ericsson told yesterday it would not be making any new Symbian devices and instead focusing in Android. That left Nokia pretty much alone with Symbian and now it likes to find new coding ‘friends’ for keeping the platform vital. Until this latest coding contest was announced the natural selection seemed to be eliminating Symbian."
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Netcraft has confirmed: Symbian is dying (1)

sarx (1905268) | more than 4 years ago | (#33678852)

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Symbian community when colordev confirmed that Symbian market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all iPhones and Android phones. Coming on the heels of a recent Slashdot survey which plainly states that Symbian has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Symbian is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent "best $800 smartphone" test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict Symbian's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Symbian faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Symbian because Symbian is dying. Things are looking very bad for Symbian. As many of us are already aware, Symbian continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

All major surveys show that Symbian has steadily declined in market share. Symbian is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Symbian is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers who want the $10M prize. Symbian continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Symbian is dead.

Re:Netcraft has confirmed: Symbian is dying (1)

colordev (1764040) | more than 4 years ago | (#33680698)

Calm down, its not my fault if major research institutes predict Android surpassing Symbian in near future. Gardner says it will happen in 2014, informa says in 2012. In that post the three different news aspects are:
  1. Nokia's new CEO said so few days ago that it is critically important to get a bigger coding community
  2. Yesterday Sony Ericsson quietly announced it quits Symbian, meaning Nokia is quite alone with it now
  3. Today Nokia announced they are paying $10 million for third party coders who write apps for Symbian

Now almost all the other phone makers are already sitting around a single OS. while Nokia is quite alone providing phones and support for two different mobile OS's. LG said in February...

"It is difficult for a single company to dominate the entire ecosystem." He forecast that a number of current smartphone operating system will be winnowed down to the three -- iPhone, Android by Google Inc. and Windows Phone by Microsoft Corp. -- within one or two years. "For a while, we will concentrate on Android and Windows Phone 7 Series by Microsoft,"

And I didn't say Symbian is dying. I could have said e.g. the number of Symbian phone makers has gone down dramatically. Obviously that is a sign of something. Lets imagine that Nokia and Google would have 'invented' Android together, and now all other phone manufacturers except Samsung would have switched to Android. Would Samsung now alone have some kind of responsibility to remain providing phones and trying to build a community around Symbian? And even if plenty of indicators would be telling Android being somehow more competitive. And I don't know I don't know if Nokia will be alone in providing phones for Symbian and Meego in three years time. But obviously they seem to prefer a strong community around their systems. And this way of paying to programmers most likely will help in achieving that goal. That is why I think this competition is a 100% smart move by Nokia.

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