Feeds

Symbian Expo opens for submissions

Speak now or forever... bugger off to Apple?

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The Symbian Expo is off to Amsterdam on 10 November, and is asking those interested in saying a few words to register in the next couple of weeks or risk missing the opportunity.

Not that attendees have had much time to plan - the date and venue were announced less than two weeks ago, less than four months before the event itself. Now aspiring presenters have only a couple of weeks to choose a category, pick a subject, and put together an abstract, ready to present it to the assembled crowd three months hence.

Quite how big that crowd will be is open to debate: much of the community developing Symbian applications has been seduced by Apple's promise of easy riches and abandoned the platform. The Symbian Foundation (custodians of the now-open-source OS) points out that 27 million Symbian devices were shipped in the second quarter of 2020, nearly 300,000 a day, which has got to be a significant market in anyone's book.

Except that most Symbian users don't even know they can download applications, despite Nokia's efforts to push Ovi as the default application (and everything else) store. Symbian Horizon will address that to some extent, providing an easy way for network operators to offer verified Symbian applications with the minimum of effort, but it's hard to compete with such high-profile competitors.

But while Android and the iPhone get all the attention, Symbian is still the dominant smartphone platform by a huge margin, and one with enormous potential if all those Symbian users can be encouraged to buy an application or two. If you've any idea how to achieve that, you should probably sign yourself up. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.