The falling fortunes of Symbian, the chaos as WebOS withers, and hiccups at BlackBerry are pretty visible signs of the upheavals in the mobile operating systems. The change is obviously because of the rise of Internet and touch-centric operating environments such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. The latest OS to fall victim to this shift is Qualcomm’s Brew OS. In a chat, Qualcomm President of Internet Services Rob Chandhok said:
[It's] not really the thing that’s in the spotlight for us anymore….we shouldn’t be too surprised: it’s been around for 10 years, there aren’t too many operating systems that have been around with only a couple of revisions in 10 years in the market….the pace might be a little bit slower than it was before, just because the market has changed.
It seems the company is going to continue pushing Brew OS, but only for low-end devices, Chandhok said. With more capable $30 Android phones popping up all over the world, I’m not sure there’s room for the Brew OS; it was formed in the non-Internet era and doesn’t have a chance in these times of “anywhere computing,” even at the low end of the spectrum.The San Diego-based Qualcomm has been spending liberally on the Android ecosystem and has dedicated a lot of resources to Google’s mobile platform. Reading between the lines, the Brew has lost its fizz!
For more in-depth analysis, we will be discussing mobile operating systems and the impact of mobile Internet on handsets and mobile services at our Mobilize 2011: The Mobile Internet Conference scheduled to be held in San Francisco on Sept. 26 and 27, 2011. Hope you will join me.