Nokia’s S40 operating system has long been relegated to non-multitasking offerings in its stable of devices. Simple to implement and use, it’s the ammunition for Nokia’s carpet-bomb-the-developing-world-with-cellphones strategy. Symbian, and then Maemo, and then MeeGo and now Windows Phone 7 have been touted as the operating system(s) for the rich high end (excluding Vertu and some other exceptions).
The thinking seems to have been, “Get low-end Nokia devices into the hands of those who can’t/won’t yet use or afford smartphones, and then migrate them upward when the time is right”.
Great tactic in theory, but it has so far failed to succeed as needed. For Nokia, anyway. Continue reading