Expert expects more cross-platform mobiles

27 April 2009 — 5:00 PM

A number of futuristic new devices could also follow.

The latest phones could soon feature cross-platform operating systems (OS), according to one expert.

A spokesman for independent price comparison website Mobile Phones said it was increasingly likely that systems such as Google Android and Symbian would work alongside one another in the future.

Tom Newton, lead content writer for the online resource, explained there was less money available in research and development nowadays - and this could lead to manufacturers pooling their resources.

"One possible scenario is for Symbian to become the default OS for consumer handsets and Android becoming the de facto smart phone and enterprise platform," he added.

Symbian is the OS typically used for Nokia's range of mobile phones, whereas Android is currently only available on the T Mobile G1 - as well as the upcoming HTC magic.

Both use an open source system that allows developers to create applications for use with handsets.

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