Smart Phones: Will There Be More Than Two Mobile Platforms?

Right now, the smart phone landscape seems completely cluttered with software platforms: IPhone OS, Android, Windows, Symbian, Maemo, BlackBerry OS, WebOS and a number of others. But that’s not likely to be the case forever. Some of the players will end up being exposed as pretenders.

Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw, made the fascinating (and highly controversial) assertion in a research note on Monday that when the dust settles, the market could be down to just two players: Google (GOOG) Android and Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone.

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