Continental Op(erating Systems): Is France Telecom Mulling A New Smartphone OS?

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Does the world in general — or France in particular — really need ANOTHER telephone operating system?

Stephane Richard, the head of France Telecom-Orange, seems to think so.  Scuttlebutt has it that Richard will be meeting in Paris next week with his equivalents from Vodafone, Telefonica, and Deutsche Telekom to grab a piece of the mobile-apps pie — a market that the iPhone seriously clobbered and Android continues to erode.

This in the face of documented gains by Android in other markets (the UK, for example), and other long-established phone OS's (e.g. Blackberry).  It's almost as if FT-O is saying "screw Google, we want the control we lost when Apple released the iPhone — a control yet another OS is likely to achieve.

[Via Engadget Mobile]