Friday, December 05, 2008

AT&T May Team With Symbian For Single SmartPhone OS

AT&T is looking to consolidate and standardize the operating system used for AT&T-branded smartphones, as part of a "dramatic consolidation" of its mobile platforms over the next few years, a company executive told NetworkWorld today.

According to Roger Smith, director of next generation services, data product realization at AT&T that single OS might very well become Symbian. Smith speaking at the Symbian Partner Event in San Francisco said Symbian is "a very credible and likely candidate".

AT&T believes smartphones will make up the largest portion of devices connecting to its network by about 2014, and it wants to avoid the fragmentation of platforms that has made it hard to develop mobile applications. There are currently several different Mobile Operating Systems all of which have different support levels. By consolidating that into a single OS AT&T could simplify application development. Which in turn could give third-party developers more opportunity to reach AT&T subscribers with mobile applications.

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