Vodafone is to standardise on the three main operating systems, according to Reuters. It says that focussing on Microsoft Windows Mobile, Symbian/S60 and Linux will mean cost-savings in software development.
Atte Miettinen, MD at developer, End2End VAS (pictured here), said: “Vodafone’s decision is down to the fact that operators are under pressure to save costs. Although operators like the idea of a dominant standard, they are reluctant to back one because it would lead to higher costs in terms of handsets, service and content offering.”
Bradley de Souza, Industry Development Director, CA (formerly Computer Associates) Media and Entertainment (CME) Division said: "Interesting move by Vodafone in that these three platforms essentially represent what we today consider to be smartphone platforms, leaving a very large gap in the space that would otherwise be filled by 'lean platform' operators - the likes of Nokia's 440.
"One would ask just how many people actually use the full functionality of these smartphone platforms and thus question why a move toward these platforms alone?"