Androids, iPhones and WiMAX

It’s been an eventful week in the wild world of telecoms. Google set the pace on Monday with the launch of Android and the Open Handset Alliance, which has been met with mixed reception:

Bill Weinberg, general manager of the LiPS Forum, is a bit mixed up about the whole thing, mainly because he wears so many Linux hats.

While Stuart Carlaw, research director at ABI Research warns that Symbian’s apparently arrogant attitude towards Android could be its downfall.

Later on in the week, Nokia and Vodafone struck a deal to get Nokia’s Ovi platform pride of place on a number of exclusive Vodafone handsets, which got Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis wondering whether Nokia would ever be really controversial with Ovi and start to include VoIP applications on the platform?

And finally the week rounded off with the cancellation of Sprint and Clearwire’s joint WiMAX rollout. Bad news for WiMAX, but not the only bad news for Sprint. Patti Reali and Tole Hart over at Gartner note that Sprint’s jointt venture with the US cable companies for wireless and wireline integration is also in danger of falling apart. While the company’s Pivot FMC solution is also becoming unhinged.

Oh, and as if we needed any more reminding, the iPhone is going to hit the UK and Germany on Friday night. Jonathan Arber at Ovum discusses the hype.

Here in London people are already queuing outside the Apple shop on Regent Street. A word of advice to anyone looking to get one quickly tonight, when I walked past the O2 shop on Oxford Street a couple of hours ago, there was not a soul to be seen. No queue!

One comment

  1. Avatar TK 24/11/2007 @ 5:28 pm

    The Operating System on a cellphone is the one piece of the mobile ecosystem that most consumers don’t really care about (and that’s a good thing IMHO). Should developers care? Only in as much as device specific capabilities need to be integrated and exposed. If mobile services are based on native apps on the handset then yes, developers care. However, at this time mobile data services that are wap based (and not text/voice communication) is one area where for the most part, developers don’t care. However as more server side application services get developed (with minimal or no device footprint) again developers wouldn’t care much for the device OS. I think the best case scenarios where device OS becomes interesting are when device capabilities get exposed on mobile services (eg if i can use my device contacts in a mobile service then the ability to integrate with contacts would be of value.

    The market currently is ripe for server side mobile services to be developed. The challenges however are that such services are based on data (wap?) access and not as widespread as are voice or text. Furthermore, these services have to be built from scratch, and so the availability of a server side platform that exposes the communicational capabilities of a mobile device (such as voice calling and text messaging) and integrated with the device specific user data such as contacts etc would be of great value. FoneMine (http://www.fonemine.com) has built one such platform that provides mobile app developers to rapidly build services using the platform abstractions.

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