Microsoft, Nokia (+Intel) and Samsung
After the kick-off on Monday, there are already the first new developments to see-not just with the Hadware, but especially in the direction of software. Three new smartphone operating systems will convince the buyers in the smartphone market in the future. Three times a new approach, three times the desire to push the top rider iPhone from the throne.Let’s start with alphabetically correct order with Microsoft. In the run-up to the MWC there were rumors that Microsoft wants to roll up the market with its own smartphone-speculation was already shortly after the release of the iPhones and the rumors around the “Project Pink” did not really want to demolish.
As a hardware producer, Microsoft already had the experience of the Xbox or the media player Zune and Windows Mobile already had enough insights in the field of software. Thus, the idea was not to be considered as an offshoot. But what has become of all the speculations now? Windows Phone 7, respectively formerly Windows Mobile 7!
After Windows Mobile 6.5 was more flop than top, Microsoft could only win. And what came out? An Zune-style OS, with a startup screen that is subdivided into areas. For example, the contacts store all the information about the people, whether tweets, Facebook updates, etc. Just as you know it from HTC Sense as a user interface. In addition still multitouch, the Bing search and prescribed hardware. And at least 3 hardware buttons. Let’s just look at what ultimately manufacturers like HTC will make of it, the first approach looks quite promising.Even though the features are anything but new. By the way, the press department of Microsoft was rather bad. The press release was sent a few minutes before the press conference, so there was no real news there.
Continue with Nokia. As soon as the Nokia N900 and thus the new operating system Maemo out there, Nokia plans again something new. Fairly, one has to say that even at the beginning of the sale of the N900 it was known that Nokia is developing a new OS, but nevertheless I would be annoyed as an N900 owner about this kind of product policy. MeeGo is called the new child of Nokia and * drum * Intel. Here, the two mobile operating systems Maemo and Moblin were merged. MeeGo is to be used on a number of mobile end devices such as netbooks, tablets, mobile phones and even televisions. MeeGo has as the core moblin and the surface of Maemo. This makes it very easy to develop applications – on Neudutsch apps. Furthermore, the programs should also be easy to port to Symbian. The Ovi store from Nokia, or the Intel AppUp Center for non-smartphones, ie Netbooks and Co. See Itypetravel for what is IRPF.
MeeGo promises multitasking, multimedia and a simpler use of browser and co. Hardware with MeeGo to be available from the middle of the year, it remains to be desired that Nokia then learned from the N900-FrickelerDebakel.
Let’s go to the last candidate of the round: Samsung . Samsung offers Windows Mobile, Android and its own proprietary operating system on its smartphones. Now with Badaanother system is added-a trial of Samsung with its own OS also to create its own App-Store on the legs, then like Apple hard to co-pay. But what is behind it? Bada runs on a Linux kernel and offers a total of four layer architecture. The inclined programmer can use the framework based on C++to develop his own apps, which can also access available APIs. For example, there are APIs for social networks or GPS. It all sounds great-but Samsung is already one step ahead of the other two competitors and has already presented a smartphone on a Bada basis. The Wave features an AMOLED 3.7-inch touch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The smartphone is garnished with a processor with a clock frequency of 1 GHz, multitasking, wireless LAN n and Bluetooth 3.0. Price and further technical details are not yet known, the availability has indicated Samsung with April 2010.
As far as the near future of the smartphone market. This week, however, I take a look at the existing platforms and will present a small overview.