Intel and Nokia joint released a new mobile operating system based on Linux. This mobile operating system adds to the already copious fruit salad that comprises the mobile OS market. As much as I have heard about the operating system, it still does not seem to bring anything new to the table. This only begs the question — why?
There seems to be a similar pattern in the mobile operating system market just in the social networking market. In both markets you have your front-runners. Think Apple, RIM, and on the social networking side, Facebook. Then, you have a myriad of random second-rate providers showing up, flooding the market beyond critical mass while all trying to ride off the market leader’s success. Just like in the social networking market, I can only see some of the smaller providers with seemingly no value being killed off by software’s version of natural selection.
Sometimes I think companies and individuals who are trying to create the next big thing, whether it’s a mobile operating system, social networking service, or even another web 2.0 service, perhaps they should stop and think about other opportunities that do not involve an over-saturated market.