Nokia has rescuedfrom being a "niche" mobile operating system, according to a major British app developer. Despite Nokia CEO Stephen Elop referring to Symbian as " ", it seems Microsoft has the most to gain from .
Steve Purdham, CEO of Android and ., told us that it "had no plans to do Windows 7 until the announcement" that Nokia was switching its smart phones from Symbian to Microsoft's mobile version of Windows. We7 is a music-streaming service that already has apps for
"With the pressure of Android and the iPhone, [Windows Phone 7] was going to be a niche," Purdham told CNET UK at a briefing for the launch of a new version of the We7 app.
But the lure of the Nokia name is stronger than either operating system, for developers and punters. "People will buy a Nokia phone because they've had a Nokia phone," predicted Purdham.
Despite there being more Symbian-powered phones in the world than any other type, there's not much point in developing new apps for existing Symbian phones, according to Purdham.
That's because once people have had a phone for more than a couple of months, they tend not to install new apps. Meanwhile, new Symbian phones are under pressure from the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
A new version of the We7 app, which adds a radio service that works when you're not online, was released for Android today. The iPhone app will get the same update with a couple of weeks, with BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 versions in the works.