Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?

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To: <inaudible@...>, <lsd@...>, <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 2:54 pm

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> From: inaudible@simplesuperlativ.es

I thought that even Nokia recognised that Maemo was a stepping stone rather=
than=20
a final goal=2C a means of demonstrating feasibility of Linux as a mobile p=
latform whilst
not actually being a corporate direction - I still see it as a sandbox for =
them rather=20
than a product.

> anyones guess with google breathing down their necks and apple setting th=
e benchmark.

So this is personal opinion rather than anything heard off the net: I have =
iPhone=2C Androids
and the N900 here and what is too evident is that Maemo is lightyears away =
from these
two competitors. The unit is great as a geek computer but the interface is =
slow and kludgy
compared to the slick Android and 'iOS' interfaces=2C partly due to the res=
istive screen but in
part due to the disparate focus of Nokia on Symbian=2C Maemo=2C Meego and o=
thers - there has
just not been enough attention to the usability or presentation of this int=
erface. On top of that=20
when I got the iPhone (for the wife=2C but I 'play' with it every now and t=
hen) the store had=20
280K apps=2C then Google is up towards what=2C 100K+. The N900 has somewher=
e short of 3K=20
apps available and almost zero growth.=20

- They have lost it.=20

The issue is not the _number_ of apps=2C the issue is that developers are s=
imply ignoring the=20
platform=2C all of the Nokia platforms at the moment=2C including Symbian. =
People are looking
at smartphones for apps. Nokia has none. That does not draw in customers an=
d without the
customers then the developers are not going to get onboard - with previous =
phones (I have
been a staunch user of Nokia phones for years) their own technology defined=
the popularity
of the product=2C Nokia were in control. They are no longer directly respon=
sible for the=20
success of their products=2C the apps companies are=2C and Nokia seem to ha=
ve a problem=20
getting their head around this.

It is going to be a seriously slow crawl out of a damn big hole they have d=
ug for themselves=2C=20
will just have to see if it is 6' deep leaving them as an 'also ran'=2C or =
that they back off and
release an Android phone/tablet thereby giving up on the mobile OS race.

Regards=2C nick.
=

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&gt=3B From: inaudible@simplesuperlativ.es&gt=3B&nbsp=3B not abandon it=
as a short-lived experiment=2C I thought that even Nokia recognise=
d that Maemo was a stepping stone rather than a final goal=2C a means o=
f demonstrating feasibility of Linux as a mobile platform whilstnot act=
ually being a corporate direction - I still see it as a sandbox for them ra=
ther than a product.&gt=3B anyones guess with google breathing =
down their necks and apple setting the benchmark.So this is persona=
l opinion rather than anything heard off the net: I have iPhone=2C Androids=
and the N900 here and what is too evident is that Maemo is lightyears a=
way from thesetwo competitors. The unit is great as a geek computer but=
the interface is slow and kludgycompared to the slick Android and 'iOS=
' interfaces=2C partly due to the resistive screen but inpart due to th=
e disparate focus of Nokia on Symbian=2C Maemo=2C Meego and others - there =
hasjust not been enough attention to the usability or presentation of t=
his interface. On top of that when I got the iPhone (for the wife=2C bu=
t I 'play' with it every now and then) the store had 280K apps=2C then =
Google is up towards what=2C 100K+. The N900 has somewhere short of 3K =
apps available and almost zero growth. - They have lost it. The issue is not the _number_ of apps=2C the issue is that developers are =
simply ignoring the platform=2C all of the Nokia platforms at the momen=
t=2C including Symbian. People are lookingat smartphones for apps. Noki=
a has none. That does not draw in customers and without thecustomers th=
en the developers are not going to get onboard - with previous phones (I ha=
vebeen a staunch user of Nokia phones for years) their own technology d=
efined the popularityof the product=2C Nokia were in control. They are =
no longer directly responsible for the success of their products=2C the=
apps companies are=2C and Nokia seem to have a problem getting their h=
ead around this.It is going to be a seriously slow crawl out of a d=
amn big hole they have dug for themselves=2C will just have to see if i=
t is 6' deep leaving them as an 'also ran'=2C or that they back off and=
release an Android phone/tablet thereby giving up on the mobile OS race.Regards=2C nick.
=

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[LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Ken Restivo, (Thu Jan 27, 3:08 am)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Bengt , (Thu Jan 27, 6:40 pm)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Ray Rashif, (Thu Jan 27, 3:24 am)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Rob, (Thu Jan 27, 3:42 pm)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Leigh Dyer, (Thu Jan 27, 4:23 am)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Nick Copeland, (Thu Jan 27, 7:29 am)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, dmotd, (Thu Jan 27, 2:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Roberto, (Thu Jan 27, 3:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] Sorta-OT: Linux phones?, Nick Copeland, (Thu Jan 27, 2:54 pm)