In a somewhat recursive move, Nokia has decided to converge their high-end Series 90 operating system with their middle-of-the-road Series 60 system. Basically this will bring multimedia and touchscreen features to the Series 60 OS, enabling more varied application of the currently phone-centric Series 60.
Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, said on Wednesday it will create a single software platform for smart mobile phones that double as TVs, MP3 players, radios and e-mail devices. The company’s chief executive, Jorma Ollila, told its annual Mobility conference, which was webcast, that the company’s Series 90 software suite will be folded into Series 60.
Series 90 was slated to be the software engine for a range of entertainment and TV phones, while Series 60 is the most popular platform for smartphones used today, which have more limited entertainment functions and feature a smaller vertical display compared with entertainment phones.
“We’re merging Series 90 into Series 60 into one robust platform,” Ollila said.
As my friend the Palm OS developer always says: PDAs are dead man, smartphones are where it’s at.