Android KitKat beats Jellybean in the Fragmented World of Android smartphones

Google on Wednesday August 13th 2014 has released their Android Developer Dashboard Stats and I’m personally excited by what’s happening here; people are slowly warming up to the chocolately chewy goodness of Google Android KitKat. KitKat is now at 20.9% of the marketshare that represents devices that use Android, albeit technically this is mainly smartphones. […]

Google Android Revolution Underway

Android is a free, open source, Linux based mobile operating system that became the most popular OS used by mobile phones in the US as of the middle of 2010. Android has come a far way since it was acquired by Google in 2005 and the the open handset alliance between technology heavyweights like Samsung, Motorola, Spring, HTC, Intel, Texas Instruments etc announced in November 2007. Its growth has been rapid and with new updates and improvements being made regularly it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.

I have been following the rise of Android for a few years now as it surpassed WIndows Mobile, Apple’s iOS, Palm and Symbian in the charts. I surfed into an interesting article recently entitled “The five factors powering the Android revolution”  that was really well written and hits the nail right on the head on some of the factors that have contributed to the rise of the Android OS and I thought I’d share snippets of the article with the Geezam.com readers. Read more about Google Android Revolution Underway

Problems faced by Symbian in attracting developers

Symbian have from day one faced problems in attracting developers. Ever since it’s inception almost a decade ago, the OS have continually lost out to other platforms in both app count and quality. Whether it may be Palm, Windows Mobile, iOS or more recently Android, the platform have been increasingly losing the app count battle. In an environment where many analysts believe a loaded appstore is a key to success, should Symbian and its key backer Nokia be worried? To have an idea of what our answer might be let’s travel back in time to the first few years of Symbian.

2001-2004

During the period of 2001-2004 Nokia and Symbian faced one main competitor: Palm. This comparison is somewhat lopsided when taken on a global note, Nokia’s total smartphone sales dwarfed Palm’s in everywhere except the US. The funny thing though is that even with this huge advantage in reach and influence Nokia still failed to attract as many developers as Palm. This turn of event will not be so surprising if one was to take note of the difference conditions each faced: Nokia’s influence in the US was not as big as Palm’s, which then went on to hurt it’s app numbers because most app developers are actually in the US. So even while selling just a few million devices yearly compared to the 20+ million being sold by Nokia, Palm still managed to gain double the amount of applications in half the time as Symbian. To make it worst Symbian c++ was difficult and expensive to learn when compared with Palm’s garnet and later Windows Mobile OS, in everyway Symbian just could not compete. Read more about Problems faced by Symbian in attracting developers

Nokia’s goal with Symbian^3

The long anticipated and rumored Nokia N8 smartphone has been announced officially, both with a positive and a negative effect on Nokia. The N8 thundered to the scene with some pretty impressive features, most notably a 12 megapixel camera utilizing the largest camera optics to ever find a place in a phone. The biggest hiccup to come about, which is quite unfortunate to say the least, arrived in the form of a preview report from a prominent Russian tech journalist. The preview was done from the usage of a very early prototype, a prototype Nokia said was among the earliest available, which went missing before showing up on the preview done on the journalist’s site. Nokia did release a statement on their conversations blog where they spoke about wanting back the device, and that they would try and discover the source of the leak. The journalist described the software as premature (it was since it was a prototype) and he went on to joke that someone in the company might want to bring Nokia down (ironic), which he described as the reason for the N8 coming to fruition. The big issues though is not about the leak itself, it is about the software, it is about Symbian^3.

Symbian^3 is a very important milestone, both for Nokia and the Symbian foundation alike. What is this big milestone? This milestone is entirely based on the Qt 4.6 framework, with which Symbian^3 and the Nokia N8 ships. Qt is significant in that it will allow Nokia to fulfill their cross platform ambitions, it will allow programmers to write an app for Symbian and deploy it across Meego, windows, linux and Mac OS with minimal change to code. Read more about Nokia’s goal with Symbian^3