[CoMoDev] Re: Mobile device market trends

  • From: Ed <ed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: 03 Jun 2004 06:47:04 -0600

Howdy all!

I wrote an article about Symbian for Computer Edge
(www.computeredge.com) some time ago. (I wish I could remember the
issue date, but I can't!)

The article contains a brief history of Symbian, and some of the GUI

Here's some of what I wrote:

GUI Problems

Early on in Symbian OS development the consortium members decided
against a common GUI for Symbian OS. They thought that this would
allow them each to develop their own GUI for Symbian OS, preserving
the completely different look and feel of their mobile phone
interfaces (as if this were a good thing!)

In practice, this means that each different Symbian OS comes with its
own problems and challenges.

Due to the difficulty and expense of producing a GUI for Symbian OS,
most companies don't bother. Nokia licenses their GUI and many handset
manufacturers have decided to concentrate their engineering resources
elsewhere. These Series 60 handsets provide a de facto standard that
third party developers can aim at.

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