ANALYST: Symbian and Android to merge. US: Ummm, doubt it.
Information week is reporting that analyst firm J. Gold Associates is saying that it expects Nokia’s newly open sourced S60 UI and Symbian OS and Google’s Android are going merge starting in the next “three to six months.”
J. Gold states that the merger makes sense because they are both open source and the move would make things easier on developers as well as prove that Nokia’s open source intentions are more than just a PR stunt. J. Gold said that all of this would mean an increase in the number of applications available to end users.
The firm seems to be ignoring the fact that the two platforms have virtually nothing in common in any regard other than the fact that they both run on ARM processor powered smartphones. Symbian, a traditionally difficult platform to develop for, predates Linux by many years and its development platform works in very dissimilar ways. Even Nokia’s own S60 3rd Edition platform is largely incompatible with the 2nd Edition, so I hardly see how a merger would create more available applications. At best, it would create fewer since new apps for the new would-be merged platform would have to be incompatible with at least one of the two existing platforms.
On top of that, what would Symbian and Nokia gain from this? They are already the largest platform for smartphones in the world. It is Google and Android that have yet to prove their worth in this market.
So, in summary….no. I don’t think so.
But, in a related note, I did hear that the presidents of the USA and Russia are planning to merge the two countries next weekend over a few cold beers/vodkas.