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Gone but not forgotten: a brief history of failed smartphone operating systems

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Gone but not forgotten: a brief history of failed smartphone operating systems

Introduction


Most tech-savvy people today would agree that there’s only two serious horses in the smartphone OS race right now: Android and iOS. Sure, there’s the occasional device running some esoteric third option, but, more often than not, they’re not really worth one’s time. Things weren’t always like this, however – ever since the first iPhone came out, the market has been in an almost constant state of flux, with new challengers appearing regularly, despite the failures of those before them.

So we’ve taken some time to compile a short list of the most notable failed platforms to celebrate the things they did right, despite their lack of success. Hopefully a worthy competitor will appear once again and learn from past mistakes. For now, let’s sit back and enjoy the trip down memory lane.

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