Monday, June 29, 2009
Nokia and Intel Look to the Future of Mobile Devices
Current smart phones, like the Apple iPhone, are much more than just a cell phone with an address book, a calendar and an email reader built-in. Smart phones are simple to use, they can run multiple applications that allow access to corporate data, they are easy to carry, have a long battery life and can store a significant amount of data. But they can not be used as fulltime laptop replacements, so for most of your work while on the road you still need to bring a laptop.
Laptops on the other hand are also not perfect: their battery life is much too short, meaning you can not really use it for too long without having to find a power socket to charge it; laptops are bulky unless you have the smallest of netbooks, and laptops, because they run Windows, are cumbersome with regards to device management, software updates, anti-virus protection, application installation etc.
So Intel and Nokia are now trying to create the perfect combination: an always connected Internet device with great battery life, that can run all the business applications, that is easy to carry and doesn't require endpoint management (or at least very little). These two giants seem to have everything it takes to built such a device but the one missing thing is the software or operating system. If this new product simply runs Windows 7 then it will still suffer from the typical complexities of any other device running Windows. So in other words Nokia and Intel better come up with a great software partner.
But what about Symbian, the mobile phone operating system acquired by Nokia you may ask? Well, even though by definition Symbian is a smart phone operating system that could easily work on the Intel hardware, it is still lacking way behind the others such as Android, Linux, Win-Mobile and IPhone. If I were to pick a partner for the operating system then it would be either Microsoft (for Win-mobile) or Google for Android. However both of these giants might be hard for Intel and Nokia to work with. Let's see what happens.