Nokia says that it wants to put its popular smartphone operating system on laptop computers. The handset maker says that it believes converged devices will hit market as soon as five years from now. One of the main claims for putting Symbian on a laptop is the OS being highly optimized for low power consumption.
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Low power consumption on a laptop translates directly into longer battery life. One key bit is software compatibility and Symbian already has Office compatible productivity applications available. One big issue is that the OS lacks a GUI at this point, but that could surely be rectified.
The Register figures that Nokia and Symbian are known well enough to make buyers give devices a serious look. However, are the two well known enough to lure users away from Windows, which is something that no OS has been able to do particularly well yet.
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Via The Register