Cellphones: Nokia/Msft. Do we have room for a third ecosystem?

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    Jan 11, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/11/nokia_us_comeback/
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    Jan 11, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    What do you mean by third? iOS and Android aren't the only phone operating systems out there. Besides, competition is good. It makes companies innovate and offer new features.
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    Jan 11, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat do you mean by third? iOS and Android aren't the only phone operating systems out there. Besides, competition is good. It makes companies innovate and offer new features.
    Profits leading to market share is critical...Especially when you depend on third parties to develop apps for your platform.

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/07/30/how-apple-is-sucking-the-profit-out-of-the-mobile-phone-market/
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    Jan 11, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    I think we do. It's like when MS disrupted the video game industry w/ XBOX
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    Jan 11, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    Yes the more types of phones the better.
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    Jan 11, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    A lot of people don't realize that the "modern smart phone" era is still relatively young. You had plenty of smart phone OS's out on the market, but first Apple iPhone really was the catalyst that made a huge explosion in market. This was only 5 years ago. I think it's shortsighted saying one ecosystem has already won, or that another will never succeed. I've used the big 3 (iOS, Android and WP7). All are solid modern OSes, each one geared towards particular types of users. I wouldn't count any of them out yet. It's way too soon to make a call.
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    Jan 15, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    don't you mean 4th?
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    Jan 15, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
    I've used iOS, Android and WP7, of those iOS and WP7 are pretty bloody great and android is just utter shit in comparison.

    So yes there is room, lots of it.
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    Jan 15, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    There's always the possibility, but not clear the marketplace will create room for them. Timing is everything, and they are late to the party.

    To me, Microsoft has developed a reputation of a large company adapt at copying and more of a relic of the PC era. They failed with the Zune and MSN Direct for mobile devices. But XBOX has been a success both technically and I think from a marketing perspective as well.

    I read how Elop was a driver behind Nokia going with Microsoft, and there appeared to be good reasons. But given his background with Microsoft, I always wondered if there was a bias that drove Nokia in that direction.

    Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised either way, but I wouldn't bet much of my own money on Nokia's success.