The mobile market, in terms of operating systems, has been changed a bit in its lower half recently. Nokia ditched Symbian in favor of Windows Phone and HP dropped webOS. The top ones are still Android and iOS but the battle for the third platform/ecosystem will be going down between Microsoft’s Windows Phone and RIM’s BlackBerry OS.
Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam believes Windows Phone will be the long-term winner in the fight against BlackBerry OS. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference on Wednesday, McAdam said that “the carriers are beginning to coalesce around the need for a third ecosystem” and, in his opinion, “it’ll be between RIM and Microsoft, and I expect Microsoft to come out victorious”.
Microsoft is going to release the Mango update for Windows Phone really soon and it will add missing features (and new ones) to the platform, making it competitive. RIM on the other hand has tradition backing it up and a solid history of devices. In order for Windows Phone to try and take on Android or even iOS, it will first have to surpass BlackBerry OS. Lowell McAdam thinks this will indeed happen.