Archive for December, 2009

Ten predictions for 2010

December 22, 2009

After yesterday’s best of 2009, I had a look at what analysts predict will be big in 2010:

  1. 2010 will be the year of operating system wars according to Mark Anderson of The Strategic News Service.
  2. Lightspeed Venture Partners predict that Nokia or RIM will buy Palm.
  3. Business Anywhere Blog thinks 2010 is the year of Android.
  4. The compilation of analyst predictions on Technobabble 2.0 is the most comprehensive set I found.
  5. IDC predicts a shift towards mobile platforms and Apple to launch a “iPad” tablet device (PDF report).
  6. ComputerworldUK tips app stores and Android in Seven smartphone predictions for 2010
  7. Dean Bubley’s Disruptive Wireless blog post on “Mobile Winners and Losers” cheers iPhone, Android and Augmented reality but doesn’t expect Near Field Communication (NFC) to take off.
  8. IntoMobile thinks we won’t see any “flagship” devices in 2010 and Apple will introduce NFC support into the next iPhone.
  9. 3g.co.uk predicts “A Device OS Bites the Dust” in 2010 Telecom Predictions.
  10. Wireless Week asked industry leaders for their thoughts on what 2010 will bring. Mary McDowell of Nokia predicts “smartphones for more people”.

What would you like to see in 2010?

Best of 2009: Chosen by a package owner

December 21, 2009

2009 was a year of first-time events: the first package to be open sourced, the first external contribution, and the first committer outside of Nokia.

I’ve selected 10 memorable events from the past twelve months in the Symbian community. What would you choose?

  1. First package owner workshop (January)
    New package owners from across the world came together to discuss what being a package owner meant. Open source development experts including Matthias Ettrich, the founder of KDE, presented. Read more from David Wood.
  2. Developer website opens for beta testing (March)
    There was a lot of interest in the office to see how the developer website would look. I was pleased to be one of the early beta testers.
  3. Symbian code is available to members (April)
    With the official launch of the developer site, Symbian Foundation members could access the entire codebase.
  4. Towel day (May)
    The first community event. Read about it from Teemu Rytkönen and watch the video
  5. First external contribution (June)
    Comms Framework get there first! Remek Zajac wrote about it on the Symbian blog.
  6. First package moved to EPL (July)
    Craig Heath tells the story of the OS Security package moving to EPL.
  7. SEE2009 (October)
    Symbian Smartphone show became Symbian Exchange and Exposition. Not just a new name, a different type of event. The introduction of Birds of a Feather sessions were one of the changes. Slides and minutes are available on the wiki.
  8. Open source kernel (October)
    Have a look at the kernel described by The Register as
    “the best kernel and middleware stack for mobiles, with the meanest power management, and years of debugging”.
  9. Sun contributes CalDAV and becomes a committer (October)
    A significant contribution from Sun, and the first committer outside of Nokia. I used to work on calendar open standards so I’ve been following this feature with interest.
  10. Qt 4.6 released (December)
    I’m really looking forward to see what Qt can bring to the application suite. QtSQL provides a new way to use our database services too.

Stammtisch discusses mobile web improvements

December 1, 2009

I attended the Symbian Stammtisch for the first time last Wednesday.

The name of the event comes from the German word stammtisch that refers to a regular get together of people who have a common interest.

Chris Dudding at Symbian Stammtisch

Symbian duck and me
Image by Sebastian Brännström

The topic for discussion was Google’s Chrome OS and how we can bridge the gap between mobile web and native applications. Sebastian Brännström prepared a great set of questions to prompt discussion and generate ideas. We discussed the differences between native and web applications, what is holding back the adoption of web apps, the impact of flat rate data plans and many other topics.

The meeting was well attended. It was a great opportunity to meet some new people as well as familiar faces like Victor Palau. I will definitely go again. The next one is December 9th, and the topic will be “Turning the media tide”.

Open Source Show and Tell

There was another event related to Symbian last week also; Open Source Show and Tell. Julien Fourgeaud presented a talk on managing the Symbian community. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend but I found a write-up on Michael Mahemoff’s blog.