Sendo has canceled all Microsoft Smartphone 2002 developments and
switched to Nokia's Series 60 platform so it might be the right time
to have a closer look to that Smartphone platform which seems to be
a real competitor to Microsoft on the Smartphone field.
this week was a Series 60 Platform Seminar in Munich where I was
invited and so I became some better inside views:
- Series 60 is based on the Symbian OS
- Series 60 is owned by
Nokia Terminal Software not by Nokia Mobile Phone (NMP)
- Series 60 is licensed to NMP, Siemens, Samsung, Panasonic
and now Sendo who have together a world wide market share of
more than 60 %
- Sony Ericsson's P800 Smartphone is also
based on Symbian but not on Series 60
It's interesting to see that traditional GSM competitors like Nokia
and Siemens (which are also competitors in the network
infrastructure area) works together in the Smartphone area now.
So the Series 60 seminar this week was held by Nokia and Siemens and
they were pretty cooperative there. However it doesn't mean that
they will cooperate in all handset areas now, no â€“ just in the
Series 60 development.
In fact all licensees get the complete
source code of the Series 60 platform which means that every
manufacture will be able to develop and enhance Series 60 how ever
he like. There is only one directive: compatibility!
that every manufacture will be able to design and use Series 60
however he want do it which means at the bottom line that we will
see completely different UIs in future for Series 60 devices.
What can Series 60 deliver?
- Large color display
- Three core keys
- Full PIM
- 176 x 208 pixel
- Full color
- QCIF 176 x 144 image formats
- Five-way joystick
- Two softkeys
- Application key
- Clear key
- Send/End keys
- 6 lines plus header in
- Up to
7 lines in browser
- Up to 8 lines in message
So Series 60 is absolute comparable to Smartphone 2002 and it is
already available on the Nokia 7650, which is a Series 60 based
device but completely flexible for the licensees:
Pretty impressed I was about the multimedia features
of the S60 platform. Nokia showed a live stream though
GPRS International Roaming (!) from a Finish TV station:
As you can see, the MPEG4 codec works pretty good and
was pretty impressed by the Series 60 features and mostly
about its flexibility and customization degree. This might
give handset manufactures the full flexibility to design its
own smartphones but I'm pretty sure that Series 60 is
nothing for a network operator to license. Building a mobile
device from the scratch is the core business of a handset
manufacture and here they are well experienced for years.
From the user point of view it's questionable which
platform is the better one. Smartphone 2002 or Series
60? As one operator told me both systems have different
"While the Smartphone 2002 comes more from the PDA
the Series 60 comes more from the handset".
Well, to be honest; I can not comment it since I don't own a
Smartphone 2002 and the past trials I had with it was pretty
short while I've tested a Nokia 7650 more often and I felt
very comfortable with the user interface (okay, I'm a long
time GSM guy since 1993 ;-). But I'm also sure that the
Smartphone 2002 will works for me pretty good since it still
is a CE based mobile device where I'm an MVP for.
from the feature side I like it that Series 60 supports
a lot of features I've expect to see on a GSM handset/smartphone
by default: MMS and Java while MMS is more important for
I'm pretty sure we will see some interesting
developments in the close future, based on Series 60 as
well as on Smartphone 2002 and finally you as the user
will vote about the success of the platform!