A post at newswireless.net on Tuesday suggests that Symbian is the "most used" operating system. Yes, Windows is huge, and Linux is making a dent. But Symbian should be way up the list, too, the writer says.
We'll know the exact figure at next month's 3GSM show (now called Mobile World Congress) when Symbian's financials are announced; officially, they can already claim at least the 170 odd million smartphones counted by September 2007.
In fact, one inside source cited in the piece says the company will announce soon that Symbian runs on 200 million smartphones.
I would take the numbers with a grain of salt since the source is not named, but this writer runs with them, comparing them to Windows Vista's early adoption rates; by the end of July last year, he says, Microsoft boasted only 60,000 Vista installations. He also notes that the number of Linux installations is impossible to count.
Whether the writer is comparing mobile phone installations only is unclear. But he does raise an interesting question. Where does Symbian land on the list?