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While smartphones are not an extremely new product category anymore, their widespread popularity certainly is. It’s only been in the last few years, a wholly recent phenomenon, that the word “phone” became shorthand for “smartphone.” It’s a bit shocking to realize, though, that not a single platform which was winning the early smartphone wars has held on to prosper in the more mature marketplace — in fact, they’re all dead by now.

Think about that: of the three widely used mobile operating systems in the ’00s — Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian — none of them were able to survive into the present day, much less succeed. Yes, Microsoft as a company was able to stay afloat after transitioning from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone (and soon, to plain old Windows), but it has continued losing market share at a steady clip. Read more…

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