Can Linux have a place in the mobile market?

This is an entry I posted in my Google+ after reading a post about Linux entering the mobile market world. I thought I’d share what I said here.



It will be very interesting to see how well the linux based phones go through the already populated mobile OS world. Should Android and iOS be afraid? Will Linux make a run for their money? I doubt it will.

1) Even on the PC side linux’s popularity can’t match Windows and Mac and it took years for it to gain. Even after gaining popularity, linux based computers can’t compare to Windows.

2) Like it’s PC brother, they come a bit too late. It is entering a world where iOS and Android have been crystalized. They might be able to attract linux users but they’ll need miracles to take on the already huge loyal users of Google and Apple. Windows phone 8 is proof of this. It doesn’t matter how popular you are on another platform, fans of another can’t be convinced enough.

3) Yes, Nokia and Blackberry used to dominate but that is where Apple and Google learn mistakes and the reason why Android is taking over market share over Apple globally. If these two platforms are going to survive, it will be from the consumers. Nokia and RIM did not have what these two OSes have today, the online marketplace. A lot of time and money have been invested, investments on keeping work and files online to game achievements, just have a look at the Xbox and PS3 users. Nintendo came in late with online and they are left behind. This is where Apple is going with its iCloud, making sure users are putting their time and money into iCloud so they will stay. Unfortunately for them, Google has started that earlier, although not as clean as Apple but third party apps strive on the Android such as Dropbox and Evernote. Users investments are a tough one to break.

This is the computer world competition all over again where then Windows conquer, Macs is gaining, linux has its fans and Chrome OS is making a hard living while in the mobile OS world iOS and Android is conquering and Windows is trying. Linux may have its fans. I must say Android came out at a fortunate time.

I, for one, am settled with an Android and an iOS. For now.

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