Tag Archives: Symbian

Do we need another mobile OS? Mozilla thinks so

It’s essentially a complete phone system run on web technologies that gives the on-board software access to core APIs through an embedded version of Firefox.

To a minimum, will ignite some interesting discussions regarding native vs. web apps.



Aplicativos para celular e tablet animam mercado bilionário

“Conhecimentos parcos em programação levam à criação de aplicativos feitos com códigos confusos e improvisados”, diz Ana Luisa [da mob376]. “Isso impede o desenvolvimento de atrações de nível superior, aquelas que de fato se tornam sucesso no gênero.”



Apps use second only to mobile messaging

According to the study, commissioned by Wireless Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA, mobile apps are responsible for 667 minutes of use per user each month, almost as much as messaging (671 minutes), and far more than voice (531 minutes) and web browsing (422 minutes).


The research also noted differences between the major smartphone platforms. iPhone and Android device owners use an average of 15 different apps per month, whereas the number is eight for BlackBerry and Symbian OS. iTunes and Android Market Place have a monthly reach of 95  percent of their user bases, whereas Blackberry App World reaches 50 percent of Blackberry users, and Nokia Ovi store only 26 percent of Symbian users.

Sounds right to me.

Overall smartphone usage dropped at weekends but generically averaged more than 70 minutes per day with apps capturing more face time than any other activity at weekends. The findings showed that SMS usage was higher in the mornings than voice and usage of social networking apps built up through the day and peaked at 9-10pm.

Good data.


Vendas de celulares crescem 31,8% no mundo em 2010, informa Gartner

Somente as vendas de smartphones cresceram 72,1% no ano passado, representando 19% dos dispositivos móveis comercializados no período.

Também parece ser de 19% a participação deles no mercado brasileiro.

A plataforma Symbian, pertencente à Nokia, conserva o primeiro lugar no ranking de sistemas, mas sua participação de mercado recuou de 46,9% em 2009 para 37,6% em 2010, embora o volume de aparelhos com o sistema tenha aumentado de 80,8 milhões para 111,5 milhões, no período.

Em 2009, o mesmo Gartner previu que a Nokia teria 39% do mercado em 2012.

O BlackBerry, da RIM, manteve o terceiro lugar no segmento, presente em 16% dos celulares vendidos no ano passado (47,4 milhões), embora sua participação tenha diminuído em relação aos 19,9% (34,3 milhões de unidades) verificados em 2009.


Em 2010, smartphones vendidos com o sistema Android registraram um salto de 888% no mundo, em relação a 2009, o que fez sua participação de mercado crescer de 3% em 2009, com 6,8 milhões de aparelhos, para 22,7% no ano passado, com 67,2 milhões de unidades.

Eles previram 14,5% em 2012.

E ainda tem quem confie mais nos institutos de pesquisa do que nos especialistas.


Nuance Launches Self-Service Mobile Developer Program

The Dragon Mobile SDK is now available through the Nuance Mobile Developer Program for Apple iOS 4.0 (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) and for many devices running Android 2.1 and higher. The SDK currently supports US and UK English, European Spanish, European French, German, Italian and Japanese for dictation and search, with additional languages to be added through the end of the year. TTS capabilities exist for more than 35 languages.

Still don’t know if it is better than the voice capabilities of Android itself.


Top Mobile Operating System in U.S. and Worldwide

Android is now eating away at Nokia’s top spot among smartphone OS vendors worldwide, where Nokia still retains a 33% share compared with Android’s quarter of the market.

Nokia continues to dive deeper.

For Apple, there is some good news – it has now jumped ahead of Blackberry maker RIM with a 26.2% market share in the U.S. compared with RIM’s 24.2%. Worldwide, Apple reached 17% share, beating RIM’s 15%.

Although RIM is successful among customers in many markets, it is specially targeted at enterprises, where both Android and iOS have very little share.


Nokia Focusing on Qt, Will Extend Reach for Developers

So, as a developer, if you create your application in Qt, you will be able to easily deploy it to Nokia devices on both Symbian and MeeGo platforms.

In addition to focusing on Qt for application development, Nokia announced its intent to support HTML5 for development of Web content and applications for both Symbian and MeeGo platforms.

I continue to think Nokia won’t matter going forward, along with Palm.


Note that they will only keep Java ME in Symbian for compatibility, and not support it in MeeGo.