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It’s not as fun as counting delegates from Super Tuesday, and figuring out which mobile operating system is pulling ahead can be complex, but we’re on it. And while we’re not tallying intangibles such as the “cool” factor of the phone, and have no idea how […]

It’s not as fun as counting delegates from Super Tuesday, and figuring out which mobile operating system is pulling ahead can be complex, but we’re on it. And while we’re not tallying intangibles such as the “cool” factor of the phone, and have no idea how well each will sell, we are tracking which operating system is being used on the 28 (by our unscientific count) new handsets that have launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. We still have three more days, so stay tuned.

LiMo, the Linux Mobile OS, has topped the list, with 15 phones launching and three prototypes planned for later this year. Motorola and NTT DoCoMo are heavily behind the LiMo efforts, with six and eight LiMo phones launching respectively.

Microsoft has managed to get its Windows Mobile OS on the Sony-Ericsson Xperia line of phones. Although it’s being trumpeted as a coup for Redmond, in reality it’s kind of a letdown compared to the rumors of Nokia signing up for some Windows action.

Until those rumors come true, however, Nokia is squarely behind Symbian, an allegiance the Finnish phone maker has proven via heavy investment. Its four latest phones, including the N96, run on Symbian, as will two Sony-Ericsson devices, one from Samsung and an LG, for a total of eight new handsets.

In other I-wish-this-were-more-exciting news, Android got a showing, but only on prototype phones running chips chips from firms such as Texas Instruments, ST Microelectronics and ARM Holdings. Maybe we’ll see more from Android at CTIA in April.

  1. Is LiMo the same with Android, Google’s mobile OS?

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  2. Doesn’t Apple deserve an honorable mention as a Mobile OS publisher?

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  3. No — LiMO is not android. Don’t ask me why Google didn’t want to get on board with Moto — something about rats and sinking ship.

    The elephant in the room: Apple. Destroyed Windows Mobile and Palm in the US. Prevented Symbian from every taking off (again in the US) Will probably negotiate a truce with RIM (Apple gets consumers, RIM gets business). Palm’s new idea of competing on price (under $100) makes sense, as I don’t see an iphone nano anytime soon.

    I do wish LiMO would come up with a isync plug in for the Mac….

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  4. [...] be keeping an eye on Gigaom’s blogs to see how things pan out at MWC and which OSs come out of the week in Barcelona [...]

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  5. Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, February 12, 2008

    Michael, Apple does deserve credit, which is why I gave it a mention, but since no new phones launched with OS X (so far) it hasn’t made the scorecard.

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  6. [...] because of its expansion in hot Asian handset markets like China & Japan. Nokia and others are doing their part to add more interesting handsets to the mix, as we noted yesterday. Share/Send Sphere Print [...]

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  7. [...] that there are a couple of devices already on the market that use Danger software (unlike Android’s prototypes), Microsoft might actually be able to get some disgruntled Android developers switching to its [...]

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  8. @Michael

    We will probably never see a handset manufacturer use the Apple OS on their system. It is going to stay within the Apple walls. Hence it probably will never get a mention in such tallying efforts, where we are trying to find out how many handset manufacturers (or in this case # of phones) use the same OS.

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  9. [...] This week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona hasn’t just been about battling mobile operating systems and the latest chips for cell phones, it’s also about content. For the first time ever, the [...]

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  10. [...] from iPhone, Android and other Mobile OS talks, the most spoken topics around wireless technology [...]

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