X, X+, XL....XXL(?)

Saila Laitinen's picture

We have indeed been able to follow very interesting product launches in the MWC 2014. Samsung has inroduced much waited Tizen products to the public, whereas Nokia is approaching Google by introducing a totally new device family with Android OS.
Many of us might have lost confident on Tizen since it has taken a loooong time for a giant like Samsung to get the first device out. Has it taken too long, I don't think it has. Yet Samsung needs to come up with many more devices and this time the waiting period should be much shorter than 24 months.
Things like Nokia never using Android it its' devices used be taken for granted, and now that has been questioned big time. One can claim that what options did Nokia have?  Big corporate like Nokia has always options. I kind of take this as a signal of giving in. Or is it actually the ultimate clever move? Android brings along hundrads of thousands of applications and let's keep in mind that we are talking about forked Android. How compatible it is with the Android baseline is yet to be seen. 


Gabor Paller's picture

I don't think Nokia should be considered a big corporate. It is not among the first 5 smartphone makers of the world according to IDC. They are comparable to HTC, let's say. They should behave accordingly, like a middle-sized corporate and stop acting like a world-dominating giant it once was.

Pekka Oilinki's picture

I suppose Nokia Android is using the Android Open Source Platform (ASOP) underneath, but the Google Mobile Services (GMS) is replaced with own closed source layer (like GMS is).

Even if the ASOP is open source, Google has moved a lot of functionalities to the closed GMS layer.
Therefore it's understandable that Nokia/Microsoft has developed something of their own.

Tizen will use their own system, so does other smaller scale players. Smaller scale players compared to the existing Google Play GMS.

This is a problem for application developers as they have to do modifications to their apps so that the apps would work with for example mapping applications or in-app purchasing. It will be quite a lot of work to do the modifications to for example 5 different platforms.

Consumers will be wondering if the application, which a friend just appraised, would be available for the specific Android flavor, which they are using... confusing

The solution could be that the non-GMS hardware manufacturers would come together and create an open source GMS layer on top of ASOP. This layer would be common for all, but it would use the hardware specific definitions of maps, purchase gateways, application stores etc.

There could even be an co-operative application store, which will share the application income based of the hardware used for the purchases.

When the new players enter the field, it's sometimes good to put the all sticks on one large stack to become stronger together.

Saila Laitinen's picture

Good points Pekka. Especially I liked your following ideas:
1. fragmentation in the GMS-layer is a potential headache and the best solution to solve that would be an open source layer.
2. I couldn't agree with you more on your last sentence: When the new palyers enter the field, it's sometimes good to put all sticks on one large stack to become stronger together. Thou would be nice to foresee how ugly the fight for apps/services sector will become to? We all know that the value has moved from devices to apps and services, right? Who will mandate that in the future? Google?