Soleus, the Windows CE based operating system for non-smartphones, reached version 1.0 today, according to developer Intrinsyc. That means it’s ready to go – but no retail cell-phone manufacturer has committed to building phones with the new OS yet.
Most non-smartphones right now run on proprietary operating systems, such as Motorola’s P2K, used in their RAZR phones, and Nokia’s Series 40. Manufacturers then layer either Java or BREW programming environments over these OSes, to allow for third-party program development. But the proliferation of different OSes and different capabilities on mobile phones makes software development very tricky.