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It is an exciting topic with top speakers in an exciting city. First, Samsung announced it would drop Symbian from its smartphones in 2010 in favour of its new, home-brew bada OS.
Then Nokia said it would drop Symbian (albeit not immediately) from its flagship N-series devices replacing it with Maemo, the OS that premiered on a Nokia device on the recently released geek dream, the N900.
It is said that there are but the word “current” suggests that this might well change soon, too.
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This is not necessarily Symbian’s fault (it carries with it its legacy around) but it makes it that much harder for it to reinvent itself.
Vodafone’s choice of Li Mo for their first two Vodafone 360 devices is testament to that.
The ever-bright Tomi Ahonen suggested a comparison with DOS/Windows and Mac OS: he compares Symbian to DOS, Maemo to Windows and i Phone to Mac OS: Mac OS led in UI and leads to this day.
The market place in mobile looks different though: DOS was nigh dominant (outside the mainframe and large enterprise side of things) whereas Symbian “only” covers about 5% of the current market.
It is big but probably not big enough to bridge the DOS/Windows migration gap.