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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
(Via Infoworld) Nokia needed to beat competition on features to sell more mobile phones. Open source provided them with some help.Open source is good for many things, but sustainable competitive advantage isn't one of them.Anything you implement using open source today your competitors can implement tomorrow. Nokia's real differentiators in this case was a little different – There’s a limit to which features can be added & hardware can be extended to a mobile handset through miniaturization, fancy color screens, and headsets. Software provides the edge in such a scenario. A PC in every pocket? Probably not. The industry tried that with PDAs and it didn't pan out. Low power, small screens, and half-baked input methods doomed those devices to a niche market of gadget freaks and the technology elite. Cellular phones suffer many of the same drawbacks, but they have one universal feature that PDAs lack: robust network connectivity. Not only can you make voice calls on them - still the most requested feature among American consumers - but you're also guaranteed a full range of Web and Internet-enabled data services.
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