Summer Of Mobile OS Upgrades Nearing

By by Evan Koblentz — April 16, 2010

April 16, 2010
 
The season of business mobile phone upgrades is nearing, and it's not just from Apple.
 
Recent activity about the upcoming iPhone OS 4 aside, there are operating system updates coming soon from Google, Research In Motion, and perhaps even hardware maker HTC.
 
The latest version of Android, 2.1, is about to appear on CDMA handsets from Verizon and Sprint. It's the same story with BlackBerry OS 5.0. For both operating systems, power users are already beginning to acquire, compile, and leak unofficial upgrades throughout web discussion forums.
 
Practically no one is buzzing about Microsoft Windows Phone 7. That may change in June because of Redmond's TechEd conference. However, the recent trend among independent software vendors is to support Apple, Google, and Research In Motion in that order. Fewer companies are focusing on Nokia-Symbian and some are even eliminating Microsoft mobile applications.
 
Meanwhile, there is widespread industry speculation that HTC wants its own operating system. Whether the company will build one or buy one is the bigger question. HTC is a candidate to purchase Palm and its sophisticated yet underexposed WebOS. Motorola and Nokia have also been named as Palm acquisition candidates, but those seem less likely because of Motorola's Android support and Nokia's roadmap to replace Symbian with MeeGo.
 
Not sure which way your business should go? IDC predicts Android will win the smartphone market, with Nokia retaining the global featurephone field, by 2013.

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