Digital Compass Using Game Launched for Nokia N97 – Also Points Out Platform Fragmentation Problem

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This is a somewhat odd “first”. Nokia’s N97 was their flagship smartphone during the first few months of 2009. Unfortunately, it was not released until later that year by which time the excitement and interest had worn off. Later in 2009 Nokia decided that the Symbian S60 platform used in the N97 had outlived its usefulness. The Linux based Maemo platform was named its successor. And, just recently Maemo itself was retired in favor of a hybrid of Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. So, I found it a bit odd that the Nokia Conversation blog bothered to trumpet a game for the N97 and N97 mini even if it is the first to use the digital compass (in a Nokia)…

First Nokia game to use digital compass sensor lands on Ovi Store

The game itself looks entertaining. But, it only runs on the N97 and N97 mini. And, I should note that Apple’s iPhone 3GS had a digital compass using game announced late last year…

First game to use iPhone 3GS digital compass (MobilePasha).

Nokia’s fragmented market is a reminiscent of Windows Mobile’s own fragmented platform story and may be a look into Android’s future as it also continues to fragment.