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What were the dominant smartphone operating systems before Android and iOS?

What were the dominant smartphone operating systems before Android and iOS?

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 7, 2013 at 16:45

Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS and Symbian.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 7, 2013 at 16:46

Also, remember far fewer people had smartphones, they were basically the reserve of business people and tech geeks. There was no iPhone/Galaxy S equivalent which got lots of "normal" press attention and "normal" people knew the phone's name.

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2013 at 17:19

Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS and Symbian.
True... add Palm OS. In the US, especially, pre-iPhone, BB and Palm were almost synonymous with portable smartiness. RIP
Also true: matt's second post. Firmware updates, apps and bugs are now mainstream media headline-worthy. Pre-iPhone you had to scour forums to find out any info at all.
The iPhone kicked off a lot of this (via American tech blogs and msm), but mainly it was the appstores, imho...
Even a year after the first iPhone's launch, WinMo still ran on the vast majority of the world's touchscreen devices - especially in Asia. And, contrary to the trolly naysayers, Symbian was doing rather well until well into 2010 - the N8, in its first quarter, was outsold only by the iPhone.

AhmadCentral  May. 7, 2013 at 21:10

Symbian was a great OS back in the day.

AhmadCentral  May. 7, 2013 at 21:11

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 7, 2013 at 21:14

Our spam filter really is sh*te...your regular posts get moderated but that ^^^ somehow didn't :p!

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2013 at 21:35

Hahahaha :D

AhmadCentral  May. 8, 2013 at 11:51

Yeh it is weird haha. Always comes when you least expect it.

Like right now... :(

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