Verizon Wireless Has Too Many OS's

Verizon Wireless is looking to cut down on the number of cell phone operating systems it supports in a bid to bring new apps to customers more quickly, according to reports.
“We probably have, literally, eight or nine different operating systems,” Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said, according to Reuters. “What we hope over the next few years is to land on about three to four,” McAdam said at this week’s CTIA trade show.

On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless also disclosed plans to join the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) created by China Mobile, Softbank and Vodafone. The addition of Verizon Wireless puts the JIL’s combined customer reach at approximately 1 billion, the company said.

Initially, the JIL will concentrate on developing a single global platform for developers to create mobile widgets. Verizon Wireless said that the widgets will be available on a variety of smartphones as well as mid- and low-cost handsets on multiple operating systems.

The mobile widgets are personalized, mini apps that sit on a handset and can get Web content such as sports scores and weather updates. The JIL mobile widgets are expected to further enable developers to access both handset and network functionality such as address books, cameras, location information and billing in a secure environment.

In a separate announcement at CTIA, Verizon Wireless outlined plans for product and service development on its upcoming 4G network.

The company is developing the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., which will serve as an incubator for research and development. The company is working in tandem with Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to create next-generation wireless products and services for consumers and businesses.

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