Nord told ZDNet UK that he thought the last five years had seen an unimpressive level of development in terms of mobile applications, but suggested this was changing. "Most of the phones sold today are so-called feature phones," he said, "but the makers are not inherently software companies. The focus has now shifted more into software, which is a difficult transition for the industry. We believe Linux can help resolve some of these problems--it's a very solid technology, but more impressive is how the community works in a large ecosystem together, so development happens faster."
Feature phones, rather than top-end smart phones (where Linux already has some presence) will prove to be the biggest growth market for open source, as they present the greatest challenge to developers, he said. "They use homegrown operating systems, and with lots of features the software has turned very messy. It gets harder to drive development."
September 7, 2006 12:25 PM PDT
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