Symbian netbook future is ’superconverged’

May 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm

SymbianSymbian has already demonstrated that it can port its OS to the Intel Atom processor and this could be a precursor to future Symbian-based netbooks. In an interview with Techradar, Tim Holbrow, who is the chief of the newly formed Symbian Foundation said: “it (Symbian) can already run on netbooks. Will we see them on the market? “I think so, yep.” Before adding cryptically, “but I think the question is, will netbooks carry on being netbooks?

Holbrow also feels that netbooks could be threatened by the continuing convergence of mobile phones. “What we’re seeing at the Symbian Foundation is a move towards superconvergence… all of your technologies all converging into one device,” he said. “We can see a world in two or three years’ time where mobile devices start to eat into the world of laptops and netbooks… obviously cameras are already doing it.”

Personally I find it hard to believe that something like a phone and netbook will converge at any point. If mobile phones got any bigger than they are, than they would lose their portability. And if you keep the mobile phone size where it is today, then that would only offer a compromised ‘netbook’ experience.


One Response to “Symbian netbook future is ’superconverged’”

  1. HereAndNow said:
    May 23rd, 2009 2:38 AM

    Netbook/tablet devices running a smartphone OS like Android, Symbian, etc., could become a big hit with mobile operators.

    If these devices include smartphone hardware (touchscreen, 3G, GPS, accelerometer, compass, etc.) and support cell phone calls and SMS, the mobile operators would be able to generate revenue from:
    1. data contracts.
    2. phone calls & SMS.
    3. app purchases (e.g. operators get a cut from Android Market app sales).
    4. value-added apps & services that leverage the capabilities of these “smartphone” devices.

    Netbooks/tablets running a desktop OS don’t offer all of these same revenue opportunities for the operators.

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