Today Smartphone are more than just a superior piece of hardware, the UI and applications make the biggest difference. And Apple’s has managed to change the way the industry and consumers perceive a smart phone with the iPhone alone. Right from the multi-touch UI to the App store which is a cut above the rest. A lot has been said and written about how the iTunes App Store leads the applications industry and how Nokia has failed to produce anything significant to compete with the same. And its certainly true that the iTunes app store leads with a billion app downloads, 65000+ apps live and 8500 apps coming in to Apple every week for review.
For Apple and its developers the task is fairly simple (not implying that its no hard work), as all their iTouch devices have the same screen size, structure and Operating System. Thus there is no great compatibility issues when developing apps for the iPhone or the iPod touch. On the other hand Nokia has 75 models for which it is trying to implement the Ovi Store. This is a challenging job as Nokia has different software profiles (Symbian 40, 60, 60 2nd edition etc) and different screen sizes, resolution, hardware layout etc. Thus getting an app live on the Ovi Store requires much more effort.
The different is in the vision. Nokia is already losing the market due to their policies on Smartphone operating system, and since Microsoft acquired Nokia Lumia series, there are chances of Nokia coming back in the game. Apple which just released iOS7 Operating system, along with their new line up of phones (iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S) are doing amazingly great with their vision oriented policies.
Hope they improve, innovate and bring us something good. At the end its the consumers (that’s you and me) who benefits from all this competition.
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