AT&T’s desire for a single mobile OS could be great for Symbian

AT&T is one of the founding members of the new Symbian Foundation …

“The mobile operator believes smart phones will make up the largest portion of devices connecting to its network by about 2014, and it wants to avoid the fragmentation of platforms that has made it hard to develop mobile applications, said Roger Smith, director of next generation services, data product realization at AT&T. Speaking at the Symbian Partner Event in San Francisco, he said Symbian is ‘a very credible and likely candidate’ to become that one operating system.”[MacWorld]

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10 comments for “AT&T’s desire for a single mobile OS could be great for Symbian

  1. 12/5/2008 at 2:24 pm

    I video'd Roger Smith's entire 30 minute talk from the Symbian Partners event yesterday. I'll try to get it posted tonight for everyone's enjoyment.

    I was surprised to see at&t presenting in the first place, but Roger's talk was smart, balanced, and less “imperial” than I was expecting from The Death Star. : )

  2. 12/5/2008 at 2:46 pm

    looking forward to seeing the video …

  3. 12/5/2008 at 2:50 pm

    Another important item that Roger mentioned: at&t will continue it's Open Access plans to allow unlocked “born free!” devices on their network. Nokia fans don't need to worry about getting locked out.

    Roger's slides on smartphone growth were interesting too. Basically by 2015, 70% of the devices will have features that we currently consider “smart”.

  4. 12/5/2008 at 2:55 pm

    Did they define smartphone by any chance?

  5. 12/5/2008 at 3:12 pm

    Roger did not discuss the differentiating factors that define “smartphones”. I'd need to watch the video again… : )

    All of the Symbian guys were pretty harsh on Android and iPhone, though.

    I'll post the video after work. I've gotta run it through iMovie and upgrade my Vimeo account, so it should be up by midnight EST.

  6. 12/7/2008 at 10:55 pm

    Jonathan,

    I finally got the Roger Smith talk posted. It's about 30 minutes long : http://nseriesus.com/roger-smith-att

    I wound up re-rendering it six times, with a two-hour wait each time only to figure out I did something wrong. It's filmed in widescreen, and I kept choosing the options that were cropping it too much.

    Enjoy!

  7. 12/7/2008 at 11:05 pm

    Appreciate the effort! I'm watching it now …

  8. 12/8/2008 at 3:55 am

    Jonathan,

    I finally got the Roger Smith talk posted. It's about 30 minutes long : http://nseriesus.com/roger-smith-att

    I wound up re-rendering it six times, with a two-hour wait each time only to figure out I did something wrong. It's filmed in widescreen, and I kept choosing the options that were cropping it too much.

    Enjoy!

  9. 12/8/2008 at 4:05 am

    Appreciate the effort! I'm watching it now …

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