Microsoft, Symbian Unimpressed By Android

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The appeal of Google’s mobile operating system, Android, and an alliance of handset makers, has not registered with two major phone OS builders.

No one would expect Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer or Symbian’s John Forsyth to come out dressed as cheerleaders and lead the fight song for Google’s proposed entrant into the mobile operating system arena. Both of those executives have expressed their feelings with semi-polite yawns recently.

Steve Ballmer

Ballmer’s company expects Windows Mobile to ship on 20 million mobiles in 2008. When discussing Microsoft’s plans at a Tokyo conference, the International Herald Tribune noted his remarks about Android, where Ballmer said it was difficult to comment on “just words on paper.”


Symbian’s Forsyth, VP of strategy for the mobile OS firm, likened the Google announcement to the common cold. He told the BBC that Linux initiatives keep “coming round and then we go back to business.”

Over 165 million phones in the hands of people run Symbian’s operating system. Forsyth also cited another task associated with putting an OS on millions of phones that Google won’t enjoy – customer support.

“It’s costly, arduous and at times a deeply unsexy job of supporting customers day by day in launching phones. That’s something there’s very little experience of in Google’s environment,” Forsyth said in the report.

Microsoft, Symbian Unimpressed By Android
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  • http://www.noodleware.com rick horvath

    I think it’s time Microsoft did something else besides following trends – and start leading and creating ideas. They have never come up with a unique idea except for the idea that computers will be used for the internet. They are very good mimickers at best. They also seem to toot their own horn a bit much, maybe they should be concerned about this issue? I’d NEVER use the term intelligent and Microsoft in the same sentence.

    Google has joined the lame forces since its Adwords scam took off (http://www.noodleware.com/adsense/) but seems to innovate at times.

    I’m really not a big fan of either one, but it’s healthy to be competitive.

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