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Apr. 20, 2010 WCA Mobile OS War

On April 20, 2010 in Santa Clara at Qualcomm, the WCA Mobile SIG presented “Mobile OS? 2010 and Beyond”. Lars Kamp of Accenture Growth Strategy Practice moderated panelists David Cao of ExtendLogic, Todd Crick of inCode Telecom, Asokan Thiyagarajan of Samsung Telecommunications America, Oliver Gunasekara of the Symbian Foundation and Hugh Fletcher of Verizon Wireless. They discussed who would be the winners and losers in the battle of mobile operating systems. There will be battles between open and closed systems, consumer and enterprise as well as mobile devices beyond phones.

By 2013, smart phones will be over thirty percent of the market and have the same amount of processing power of your laptop today. The question is who will dominate? Right now it looks like Apple, Android and Symbian. Apple seems to have commanding lead with over 150,000 applications for the iPhone and now iPad. The number of devices sold increases every quarter. Google’s Android continues to attract manufacturers, developers and carriers. The risk is that the Android OS may fragment as each party tries to optimize for its own advantage. Symbian OS 4 is about to be refreshed and is based on open architecture. There are Symbian phones batteries that can last over three weeks without recharging. Pretty amazing. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 OS is aiming for a consistent interface with computer and game consoles. RIM’s Blackberry OS 4.6 has a loyal following. Palm’s webOS is in trouble.

The winner will give users the best experience at the lowest cost on the fastest network. Do that and you win the war.

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