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Poll: Do you need a third major mobile development platform?

With Windows Phone 7 getting closer, do you think you need a legitimate third major mobile development platform option to target your applications against?

With Windows Phone 7 getting closer, the big question is, "which mobile development platform will be in third place?" Android and iOS are the big players right now, with Microsoft, RIM, and Palm either losing steam or being out of the running entirely.

Developers, do you think you need a legitimate third major option to target your applications against? Or do you think that fewer choices would be better for you due to fewer cross-platform concerns?

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

8 comments
jfreedle2
jfreedle2

I will only develop for either Windows Mobile or the new Windows Phone 7 platform. The Apple environment is not worth investing in a Google's android is a thing of the past, I left it in the past.

Jaqui
Jaqui

the needed options for different platforms to develop on. since every device maker has customized it and not contributed back to the google code base they are all unique platforms now.

doggyxr
doggyxr

what about symbian?, it is still the major plataform on smartphones. Why you do not mention anything about symbian?

Justin James
Justin James

... because it has zero presence in the US. For whatever reason, Nokia just can't break into the US market. I'm in the US so for things like Symbian, it is a case of "out of sight, out of mind." J.Ja

doggyxr
doggyxr

Thank you for your answer. I know that in the US the main OS for smartphones now are Android and IOS, RIM has a lot of market but I think that OS does not have enought application developement needed for this race. Nevertheless, please take a look about this figures. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/nokia-symbian-still-lead-smartphone-market-gartner-says/12467 http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/smartphones/?p=1427&tag=content;leftCol

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

The Ovi market apps are supposed to work on any enabled Symbian or Maemo/Meego platform. Hopefully it attracts developers as the smartphone market is all about the app markets these days it seems.

jasondlnd
jasondlnd

Competition in the software realm is a good thing. It provides opportunities for companies to improve features and try to "out do" one another. This being said, for the average consumer, fragmentation is not such a great thing. Many people literally have no idea what to buy when walking into the cellular market. Right now in the smart phone market, there are three major mobile OSes...Rim's Blackberry, Apple's iOS, and Google's Android. Seems pretty simple...Apple makes the iPhone, RIM makes the Blackberry, and Android runs on all other smartphones. A fourth player in the smartphone market will make the choice in which smartphone to purchase a tougher one. I can see it all now... Salesperson: "We have two versions of the HTC Touchscreen...Windows Mobile and Android" Customer: "What's the difference?" Salesperson: "Oh, the phone is the same but what you do with it is different." Customer: "What do you mean? Isn't it a cell phone?" Salesperson: "Yes, sir. Both are cell phones." Customer: "I can make calls with both?" Salesperson: "Yes." Customer: "How does this make them different?" Salesperson: "One runs Android and one runs Windows Mobile." Customer: "But, they're the exact same phone..." ...and so on and so forth.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I view the distribution as the product. Before that point it's commodity parts in the supply chain previous to assembly. After that point it's in user's hands. The distribution is where the parts are combined into a product for shipping. Win7 Mobile, Android, Blackberry, Ios, Meego, Symbian; bring on the distributions. Android, Ios, Blackberry have already resulted in pushing Windows Mobile beyond version 6. Where fragmentation sucks is within a single distribution. Android and some of the other distributions happen to use the Linux kernel but they remain distinctly separate entities; Android and Meego are different distributions with different project goals and owners. Multiple splinter versions of Android sucks though. It shouldn't be a combination of hardware/AndroidVersion that dictates what software can be installed, how it's customized by the vendor, how it's firmware versions are updated and so on. I can get full root access to my Android device but only if I follow these special steps for this phone and OS version; booo! And what do you mean I can't get Google's stock firmware image and flash it to my Android device; boooo! Here it's still claiming to be a single product while being fragmented into several incompatible devices. The consortium of Android companies are not contributing changes back up to Android and Google isn't maintaining it closely and openly. For my needs, Android and Iphone where both unqualified because of Apple's control and Google's allowing HW vendors to fragment the distro. It was the availability of a Maemo based alternative that provided a device worth upgrading too.

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