Symbian has (generally) been regarded as a leader in the mobile operating systems market for years, although that theory was quickly rendered obsolete by iphone’s Mac OSX operating system , but due to the iphone’s limited capabilities in areas such as multi-tasking (and a whole lot of other unmentioned loopholes) , it meant that there wasn’t really a clear leader. The emergence of Google’s Android prompted some potential, but that remains to be justified on a larger scale given the slow adoption by mobile phone makers.
Now, many people may not be familiar with Maemo, it’s an operating system for the Internet Tablet line of handheld computers . Given the swagger shown by the newly announced Nokia N900 ,which is of course, powered by Maemo 5 —- The question is, are we perhaps witnessing the next generation mobile operating systems leader ?
Nokia says : The new N900 incorporates computer-grade performance in a handset… The result is PC-like multitasking, allowing many applications to run simultaneously. Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is constantly available through the dashboard.
While it may be way too early to get too excited , one thing is certain — Maemo will play a pivotal role in the future of mobile operating systems. some may agree to disagree, but there’s only one way to find out. Let’s hope and prayt hat the South African market is part of the “select markets” that Nokia is planning to release the N900 in from October 2009.