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It took 16 years since the first smart phone came out, but the number of smartphones in use has recently exceeded one billion. According to Strategy Analytics, that equals about 1 out of every 7 people who now own a smartphone. With major smartphone companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola raking in billions of dollars a year, it’s not surprise they’re being so competitive.

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In a touch screen world the user interface is essential get it wrong and nothing else matters. A quick look around the smartphone industry will reveal several different approaches to touch based UIs. Windows 8 has it “modern UI”, iOS has Cocoa Touch and Android, well, everything including has widgets, themes, skins and customized launchers. Now Jolla, the company that was formed to further develop MeeGo when Nokia jumped off its burning deck into the hands of Microsoft, is getting ready to reveals its UI and software development kit (SDK) at the Slush event in Helsinki, Finland on 21-22 November.

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Before switching to Windows Phone, Nokia was going to bet the future on a Linux based operating system that was being developed in-house called MeeGo. Anyone who has played with the Nokia N9, this writer included, will have no problem telling you with a straight face that the stupidest thing Stephen Elop did after becoming Nokia’s CEO was killing the MeeGo OS.

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This is a story about Jolla. It may sound like an infamous Linux distribution, but it’s not. It’s a Helsinki (Nokia ground zero!) based startup and it reminds us a little of Saygus. Jolla wants to use MeeGo, Nokia’s orphaned ecosystem and deliver the world an Android-friendly smartphone.

How Android can save RIM and Nokia

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by on August 16, 2012 11:13 am
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How Android can save RIM & Nokia

We chart the dramatic fall from grace for RIM and Nokia and ask if it’s too late for Android adoption to save them. Would Android have made more sense than Windows Phone and BB10? Is it too late to switch to Android now?