Smart Phone OS Issues
There are a number of
operating systems that are at the heart of smart phones.
Symbian's OS - Several
major cell phone makers have adopted Symbian's operating system (new OS
code named Pearl) for their smart phones - Motorola, Nokia, Philips NV,
Psion Inc., Sanyo, Sony and Ericsson. Symbian has incorporated Nokia's
browser into their OS. It incorporates WAP, Bluetooth and Java. - so
called holy trinity of de-facto standards.
Symbian has a specialized
version 6.0 of its OS that is aimed at PDA type devices with keyboard and
integration with e-,mail, SMS and wireless protocols.
There are two reference
platforms - One code-named Crystal for phones with color screens and other
Quartz for PDA/phone combinations.
Go to Symbian site for version
6.0 SDK (software Development Kit) information.
initiative - This is essentially a new OS from Microsoft aimed at cell
phone vendors - essentially an OS based on MS Mobile Explorer
Microsoft gained acceptance of
Stinger in late 2000 when Samsung and VoicsStream Wireless announced
development of GPRS smart phones based on Stinger.
For Smart phone products,
go to Product
Advisor & Comments: We believe that choice of OS by
device manufacturers for smartphones should be based on ultimate
functionality of the device and its integration with voice and data
applications. Generally speaking, this choice is made by well-educated
technology architects. The only advice we can give is that evaluation team
should consist of people trained in both camps - traditional cellular
voice experts and wireless data applications. It is also our belief that
variety and complexity of future data applications warrant that careful
consideration should be given to this factor.
As far as smart phone
application developers are concerned, they should plan to develop
applications for all major platforms - there will be phones based on more