"Why should an operating system be important for a mobile phone?
It shouldn't, but of course mobile phones are no longer simple
voice communicators, they are smart devices capable of many methods
of communication and other sophisticated applications. Capable and
complex, with a high degree of variety required to meet different
market and user needs.
"The handset manufacturers' need to get different types of
products quickly to market makes the flexibility of an operating
system platform particularly valuable. If they then make the
platform visible for adaptation by mobile operators, other third
parties or even end users it has essentially become a general
purpose mobile computing system..."
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