Recently Nigel Clifford, Symbian CEO Nokia employee, had a few words to say about Linux in the mobile phone space. Its quite funny to read about the benefits of open source and the evils of industry fragmentation from one who epitomised the proprietary closed source solution until (checks watch) recently.
The thing is, though, I’m not quite sure what the long term Nokia-Symbian-Trolltech love triangle is all about.
One twisted theory I’ve heard (ok, I admit its mine) is that Nokia will prop Symbian up as a crippled option for its competitors, never quite good enough for a real modern day smartphone and never quite supported properly. Slowly Nokia will use Symbian less and less for its own purposes while it rolls out more and more Linux phones.
In other words, maybe Nokia is trying to kill competition through poor alternatives and sheer frustration. Far fetched? Perhaps.
Another theory is that Linux will become the vehicle for Nokia’s higher end, more general purpose computing devices and Symbian for the lower end, soon-to-be-at-the-end-of-lifetime devices.
Either way I’m not buying any Symbian shares.