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Verizon Communications Chief Says 'Too Many Smartphone Platforms on the Market'

According to Verizon Communications’ chief executive officer Lowell McAdam, it is a fact that today’s market can no longer afford to have so many smartphone platforms.

McAdam highlighted thatthere were too many smaprtphone platforms, including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, RIM’s BlackBerry, Nokia’s Symbian, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and HP’s WebOS, fighting to be at the top.

The CEO also said that too many platforms was too much for carriers to handle, and hence one or two of them eventually have to go down.

And that’s exactly what had happened. Nokia officially ditched its Symbian platform and started focusing on the Windows Phone 7 platform. HP also abandoned its WebOS and is trying to sell it to a third party- at least that’s what rumors say.

"The carriers are beginning to coalesce around the need for a third ecosystem," said McAdam, as reported (opens in new tab) by Information Week.

“Over the next 12 months I think it will coalesce and you will start to see one emerge as a legitimate third ecosystem. In my opinion, it'll be between RIM and Microsoft, and I expect Microsoft to come out victorious," he added.