According to the German FT (via Techcrunch) Nokia is going to move from Symbian to Maemo for its phones.
Nokia doesn’t trust its Symbian mobile operating system any more and plans to equip many of its smartphones with the mostly open source Maemo operating system it uses in its Internet tablets, according to undisclosed Nokia sources speaking to the Financial Times in Germany (FTD).
Nokia uses Maemo on its internet tablets, and having used the Nokia N810 quite a bit I quite like it as an operating system. Likewise though I also like the operating system on the Nokia N95. Which one do I prefer? Well it’s not that simple, as the N810 is a very different device to the N95 and I use them in different ways.
The Nokia N97 which had huge potential seems to be limited by the Symbian operating system, as Techcrunch report:
The Nokia N97 from June 2009 required heavy tweaking on the Symbian software. It’s touchscreen OS still looks aged and the handling is far from easy and not always logical.
Nokia having seen the Apple iPhone and Google’s Android phone take their market share, they need todo something if they are to remain competitive.
I expect not to see upgrades to existing phones like the N95, but Nokia using Maemo on their new phones.
Noticed a couple of news items on BBC News which make for interesting reading if you are interested in mobile applications. The first item I saw was on the market for mobile apps.
The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become “as big as the internet”, peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.
But it is not all good news…
However, GetJar say, the developer community will decline drastically as each developer makes less money.
This is certainly apparent in the iTunes App Store where expensive useful apps, are virtually immediately undercut by similar low cost or even free apps.
But it doesn’t seem to be putting people off with the following news:
Symbian, the operating system on nearly half the world’s smartphones, is to become involved in the development of mobile applications, or apps.
So who’s creating these mobile apps and what are they creating?
If you have read some of my other blog entries on using Joikuspot you will know I had issues with getting both Nokia N810 and the PSP to connect to the wifi network created by the Joikuspot software on the Nokia N95.
Recently found this blog post from last year which seems to confirm my thoughts that as I said in a previous blog entry:
I suspect that though the N95 is acting as a wireless router, it is still “seen” by other devices as an ad hoc wireless network rather than an infrastructure wireless network and for some reason the N810 doesn’t like this and therefore does not get a valid IP address from the N95.
The blog says quoting the Joikuspot FAQ that
“E) Why doesn’t JoikuSpot work with Sony PSP or Nintendo DS?
Sony PSP and Nintendo DS require WLAN infrastructure mode. JoikuSpot does not support this yet.”
“D) Why does JoikuSpot appear as computer to computer (ad hoc) network?
Currently Symbian OS used in Nokia phones does not support WLAN infrastructure mode.”
Seriously thinking about getting a MiFi now.