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Barcelona day two

We’re halfway through the show and if you feel anything like team telecoms.com, it’s going to be a long two days.

The big news at the show on Tuesday was Arun Sarin’s call for less fragmentation among mobile handset operating systems. Sarin said that just a handful of device OSes need to emerge from the 30 to 40 presently available, although other commentators speaking on the same issue before have identified between 300 and 400 different platforms out there.

Vodafone has already attempted to standardise its own handset portfolio across three mobile operating system platforms. In 2006 it made a move to standardise on Microsoft Windows Mobile, Symbian/S60 and Linux. But at the time it was noted that the Big V had not factored in Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform and the many different flavours that Linux itself is split into – which is where this 300-400 number comes from.

We also checked out a version of the Open Handset Alliance’s Android platform, running on an ARM9 processor on the ARM stand. Although the demo didn’t show us anything we haven’t seen before it still gives a feel of what Android can accomplish when deployed across older or lower tier hardware platforms.

Yahoo had an interesting announcement as well, coming out with oneConnect, a social networking interface which plugs into all the social networks available and allows users to carry out their communications through the one service. It’s a kind of obvious development but I guess the strategy is that every subscriber to a social network is also a potential subscriber to oneConnect and another set of eyes to advertise too.

Yahoo also scored a coup by replacing Google as T-Mobile’s preferred on device search partner. The company also formally rejected Microsoft’s $45bn bid, suggesting that the company still thinks it’s in god enough shape to go up against Google on its own.


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