Details of the deal were leaked here. This goes online December 28th.
Former VP of Palm and now Consultant Michael Mace slams Nokia (owner of Symbian since last summer), after attending the Symbian Partner Event in SF on December 4, saying they are “running in molasses” and will have trouble maintaining their current lead in the market.
I am not at all saying that Nokia is doomed. They are an outstanding company, with smart people, a great brand, and enormous strengths. But they need to understand that turning the battleship a little faster won’t win the war. Nokia’s smartphone competitors are not standing in molasses; they won’t stay still long enough for the 16-inch guns to be pointed at them. More importantly, the competitors on the services side breed like vampire rabbits. By the time you blow away a clutch of them, three dozen more have hatched and are sucking blood from the other side of the ship.
This provoked a response from Symbian Exec VP here.
Article here. Already it has over 5,000 apps, compared to 500 on Android Market and 10,000 on iPhone App Store.
Press release here. It’s a bit old (early October). The Android Market (which comes pre-installed) won’t be distributing paid apps until Q1 2009.
Here’s the list of top 100 iPhone apps. There are some pretty interesting entries.. the pull my finger and similar apps (e.g., Amateur Surgeon) are perhaps where they are due to recent slashdot’ing about Apple deciding suddenly to approve “limited utility” and adult rated apps.
Roughly 1/3 of these are useful utilities. 1/2 are games. 1/3 are completely frivolous. Yikes.
The app rankings are based on number of downloads. Apps on this list can see hundreds to thousands of downloads per day, and are mostly priced on the cheap.
There is some info online about how well these apps do (or don’t do). Here’s one example for a simple basketball game priced at $0.99, that generates 60-350 sales per day (at least when the piece was written).
The release has new smartphone market share rankings:
Handset vendors: Nokia (42.4%), RIM (15.9%), Apple (12.9%), HTC (4.5%), and Sharp (3.4%).
Operating systems: Symbian (49.8%), RIM (15.9%), iPhone (12.9%), Windows Mobile (11.1%), Linux (7.2%), and Palm (2.1%). Some notes:
- Android is a linux platform, but the report doesn’t differentiate it from other more established linux deployments.. so it’s hard to see what early progress it’s making.
- As of this quarter, Windows Mobile is behind iPhone (which is growing at over 300% / quarter).
36.5 million smartphones were sold worldwide in Q3 2008, up 11.5% from Q3 2007.
This one is really late (August 26).. here’s a Windows Mobile 6 touch screen phone– the HTC Touch Pro– released in late August. It’s not the first of its kind (especially if you consider pen interfaces “touch screen”). Press release here.