Who can vouch for that?
"'The market is not big enough to support three operating systems at this time,' DoCoMo's So Hiroki reportedly said"
Microsoft can vouch for that.
The open-source Tizen mobile OS has suffered another setback, with Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo announcing that it has put off plans to launch a smartphone powered by the system this year. The carrier had earlier said that it would launch a Tizen device in March. But according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on …
> US market share was > 5% for 2013
Microsoft phone US market share was > 40% for 2007
> its trajectory is up
"""In fact, the current WP US market share sitting at 4% is a fall from 5.6% in April 2013."""
The legacy keitai users.
I don't know about DoCoMo as I'm on AU but AU at least has dropped all of older keitai type handsets except super simple granny phones and phone/beacon products that you strap to the kiddy winks before they go off to school. While a lot of the 40 and 50 year olds have moved on to smart phones I think there are a lot of die hards that don't want a smartphone. Mainly because you're looking at going from 1500 yen a month for a no thrills plan (after paying off the handset) to a 8000+ yen a month unlimited data smartphone plan and you apparently can't move to a smart phone without a data plan any more (with AU at least).
If Tizen could be packaged into some lower end phones that left out most of the apps and data hungry stuff it could have a place as keitai++. There again if it doesn't have Puzzle Dragons it's basically dead on arrival in the Japanese market.
Designed by committee, with an architecture that changes from one week to the next. One week it's Enlightenment, another it's Qt, this week? Who knows. Who even cares?
It's an OS that is driven by the vested interests of Intel and Samsung, not to mention mobile operators, and consequently it's a total mess from both a technical and ethical POV. It's supposed to be open, but all you get is massive code drops and fark all public discussion on technical issues or future direction - things just happen, deal with it, is the Tizen approach to "open" developer relations.
I doubt anyone will be disappointed to hear it's been delayed yet again. Is there anyone that actually wants Tizen to succeed? Apart from Samsung, of course, although I'm not entirely sure about Intel's motives...
Given how dominant Google are should be just let them have monopolies in everything?
As outlined in the article, there are other options to Google - Firefox OS, Sailfish OS (which is showing a lot of promise), and maybe eventually one day Ubuntu Phone. I'd be much more supportive of those platforms as alternatives to Google than anything designed and controlled by Samsung, Intel and a cartel of cellular operators.
In fact, Android actually holds more appeal than Tizen, given the provenance of the latter.
IMHO they is a market for a mobile phone OS that is not beholden to a big corporation and had no backdoors for the likes of the NSA/FSB/GCHQ/etc.
If this is Sailfish then great.
I'd be prepared to accept a large loss of functionality just to have a phone that used voice encryption by default.
Sure the spooks would not like it but they can go and get stuffed for all I care. I just want my communications to be private.
Except GSM voice comma are ALREADY encrypted, just not strong enough to beat Big Brother. Thing is, it may never be given BB is the aggressor in essentially a siege (which historically favors aggressors as time passes). Plus the realtime nature of voice comms limits the available computing power for encryption.
Do you honestly think the "spooks" care enough to listen to your calls? Are you upset they might be sat in spook towers laughing as you call dominoes for the 7th night running and breath heavily down the phone to some premium rate sex chat line? Get over yourself.
IMHO should Ubuntu make their Mobile OS, in such a way as to be compatible with its Desktop OS, and we're allowed to compile Code for, or perhaps better on? the Device(s) in question. Then I know which OS I'll be supporting then. Given that Moble = Touch. I'd suppose I'd have less reason to hate on unity then..
Kinda makes you wonder why MicroSoft didn't think of this? But, naaagh lets release this RT thingy instead...
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