[CoMoDev] Re: Two Interesting Links

  • From: David Beers <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Kevin Cawley <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 12:34:13 -0700

I just an hour ago posted the link to the SuperWaba 5.0 announcement.  I've got 
a Symbian phone (Nokia 6620) on order, so I should know soon how my SuperWaba 
apps run on that.  One thing is that I know I'll need to rewrite them for 
keypad input instead of stylus since the version of Symbian that phone runs is 
more like MS Smartphone: no touchscreen support.

As for MS becoming the smart phone leader, I have to say it's quite possible 
they've finally met their match in Nokia, which basically is in the driver's 
seat of Symbian OS.  Microsoft simply doesn't have the lock on the smartphone 
hardware market that they got early on with the PC.  Nokia is top of heap in 
mobile hardware, and has absolutely no need for Microsoft to continue 
solidifying its dominant position with wireless carriers.  On the other hand, 
MS doesn't have to make much money on smart phones: they're just using Windows 
Mobile for Smartphone (WMS) as a way to drive indirect sales of their core 
server and productivity software.  In the business market that works the other 
way, too: companies that already have .NET in the server room are naturally 
going to gravitate toward WMS.  As for Palm... well, I'm worried about Palm, 
God love 'em.

I'll tell you what I'm loving about the fact that my Java Palm and Pocket PC 
apps can now run on Nokia phones: I don't have to convince clients to deploy 
dozens of fragile and expensive Treo 650s or Motorola MPx200s.  Instead they 
can use phones that carriers like Cingular are giving away for free with a 
wireless subscription.  Hands down the number one obstacle I have seen in 
convincing companies to go mobile is the hardware cost.  When I think of mobile 
users in the business world I've learned not to thing less about guys in neatly 
pressed suits and jets, and more about sweaty guys in overalls and trucks.  
That device is more likely to be clattering around in a toolbox or sliding off 
the passenger seat onto the floor than resting snugly in a briefcase or $200 
leather holster.

Don't get me wrong: I love .NET and I'm eager to hone my MS Smartphone skills, 
too.  But it's going to be *very* interesting to see how things shake out in 
this arena over the next couple of years while 3G networks (finally) start 
lighting up around the country.  


On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 11:15:43 -0700, Kevin Cawley wrote:
> On the other hand, maybe I should continue honing my MS Smart Phone
> skills in anticipation of MS being the market leader a year or two
> from now J
> -kevin
> From: Kevin Cawley [mailto:kcawley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent:
> Monday, January 31, 2005 11:10 AM To: 'comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
> Subject: Two Interesting Links
> Hey All,
> Here are two links that you might find interesting and encouraging:
> Global mobile device shipments hit new peak in Q4 2004 Voice-
> centric   devices (smart phones/feature phones) up 101% Nokia ships
>   almost 5 million smart phones in the quarter, remains leader and
> increases   share SuperWaba 5.0 Released ? ?we are releasing a
> starting support for the Symbian smartphones platform. Most
> programs will now run on Symbian just by packaging them with Exegan
> /sis option.? It may finally be time to take SuperWaba for a spin. 
> I hope David?s experience with SuperWaba has been positive; it
> sounds like it has. -kevin  

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