[CoMoDev] Re: Two Interesting Links

  • From: "Kevin Cawley" <kcawley@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 15:02:21 -0700

Perhaps you are right in your assumption and Symbian will remain on top of
the hill, and that is why I am going to start looking at SuperWaba.

But, the only thing I can say from personal experience is that it is
extremely easy to build rich smart phone applications using the .NET CF,
especially if you are already developing Windows and Web apps in .NET.
Based on my experience, the same isn't true for Symbian development (perhaps
SuperWaba changes that).

Given that, if there are lots of great applications available for the
consumer, than the consumer will ultimately make the decision easy.

Regardless of the outcome, the competition will only benefit the market and
hopefully create opportunities for mobile application developers like us! It
is all good.


-----Original Message-----
From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of David Beers
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 12:34 PM
To: Kevin Cawley
Subject: [CoMoDev] Re: Two Interesting Links

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 Davids experience with SuperWaba has been positive; it
> sounds like it has. -kevin  

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