RE: Neil7 - "Oh dear, the completely incoherent-illogical PoV"
"Sorry if I didn't get around to finishing the entire piece but it was such utter nonsense I couldn't justify the waste of any more of my time. :)"
Too bad - it'd be very helpful for you to focus on reading instead writing... especially for us, in terms wasted time... :P
"The future for Nokia - at the high end - is MeeGo. Fact. For the mid-tier it's Symbian. And both will be using Qt, with common APIs so porting won't amount to much more than changing the target architecture on the make command."
Keep on dreaming. Nokia is the archetype of the ultra-impotent, totally clueless company, standing still while others are already way ahead of it.
Symbian is SOOOOO DEAD it's not even funny anymore.
"Honestly, why the h*ll would Nokia want to throw WebOS into this mix? It's got be the dumbest idea yet - but since this is Nokia, that doesn't mean they won't do it..."
No, the dumbest idea is waste millions of dollars on creating ANOTHER linux-based mobile OS, practically useless for phones except very-high-end smartphones instead of using Android, a well-established linux-based mobile OS, scalable, 50k+ apps and zillions of devices etc.
"As every non-American inhabitant knows, WebOS is dead - it failed to set the world alight. Palm is dead, the rest of the industry has passed them by. The only value in the company for a firm like Nokia (or Google, or Apple or even Microsoft) is the Palm IP, certainly not WebOS."
As every non-idiot outside of Nokia knows Symbian is DEAD for high-end smartphones - no, it's more than dead, it's a miserable FAILURE for smartphones.
Nokia tried it and failed royally - they have no clue, their UI is as outdated as one can be in 2010. Symbian's only hope if Sony Ericsson will have the resources to fix the remaining bugs in Satio which is far the best Symbian-based smartphone 'til date (and probably forever because it's hard to imagine anyone will write another, at least half-decent custom UI - something that makes Symbian bearable on the Satio.)
"HTC or some other hardware-only firm could show interest in WebOS, but they'll have a tough time convincing the world outside of America that WebOS is worth consideration - HTC would be better off signing up to MeeGo, as it would be a lot cheaper and stands a greater chance of success."
ROFLMAO - they will have hard time to "convince the world" (WTF?) about an OS used by 1.5M phones than about a never-heard one that nobody ever used?
Right there, pal, right there, your logic is self-explanatory... :D
Gosh, I hate these... I know, I know, I already told you. :)