There's even more fragmentation...
by John.Wilkinson - 7/8/10 6:04 AM
In Reply to: Re: Dell Mini 3i... by OHMCD
Google's Android is the most recent 'latest and greatest' OS, and Apple has experienced wild success with their iPhone OS (aka iOS), but there's also Palm's WebOS (note: Palm was recently purchased by HP), BlackBerry (most popular among enterprise users), and Symbian (the primary mobile OS found on smartphones overseas), in addition to several upstarts, such as Nokia's/Intel's MeeGo and Samsung's Bada. Microsoft is also planning on maintaining both Windows Phone and Windows Mobile, with the former replacing the latter in the primary markets but the latter being the mainstream platform in developing countries. That's 9 different mobile OSes from high-profile companies being actively marketed and supported at the same time, not to mention all of the different versions of those OSes.
Most cherish the idea of having a wide variety of choices, but issues arise with such a crowded playing field. Potential buyers find it difficult to choose the platform/device that's right for them given the depth of the required comparisons. Developers cannot readily release an application across all 9+ platforms, leading many users to be left out when looking for a particular application. And when those previously-potential buyers turn for support from friends, family, forums, etc. there are fewer individuals familiar with the particular platform/device since they, too, are fragmented.
It's a surmountable issue that has often been encountered throughout the industry, but that does not make it any less daunting for potential users.
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